We elevated relationship with Azerbaijan to strategic alliance: Erdoğan
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 28 stressed Turkey and Azerbaijan's "strategic alliance" as cemented by last year’s declaration in the wake of Azerbaijan’s victory in a regional war with Armenia.
"We first elevated our relationship with Azerbaijan to a strategic partnership, and last year to a strategic alliance with the Shusha Declaration," Erdoğan said, addressing an aviation festival Teknofest, now held abroad for the first time, in the Azerbaijani capital Baku.
Erdoğan said: "We are organizing Teknofest, the world's most popular aviation, space and technology festival, in Baku, the pearl of the Caspian, with the slogan of one nation, two states, one festival."
Just like Turkey itself, Azerbaijan is also our homeland, the Turkish leader added.
He also underlined that Turkey supports Azerbaijan's efforts to establish lasting peace with neighboring Armenia.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan as part of his one-day visit to Azerbaijan.