Erdogan heads to Azerbaijan to participate in the opening of Airport

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left Thursday for Azerbaijan to participate in the inauguration of Zangilan International Airport in Karabakh, at the invitation of his counterpart Ilham Aliyev.

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The Turkish president was seen off at Esenboga Airport in the capital, Ankara, by his deputy, Fuat Oktay, the governor of Ankara, Vasip Sahin, and a number of officials.

President Erdogan was accompanied on his visit by a number of officials, including Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and other ministers.

President Erdogan’s plane will land at Zangilan International Airport and he will be the first president to land at the new airport.

Erdogan and Aliyev laid the foundation stone for Zangilan Airport in late April 2021, to be completed in just a year and a half, according to high international standards.

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It is the second airport of its kind that Azerbaijan is building in Karabakh, and the country’s largest plane landed on its runway on September 9 in a technical test.

On September 27, 2020, the Azerbaijani army launched an operation to liberate its lands occupied by Armenia in the Karabakh region, and after 44 days of battles, Russia announced that Azerbaijan and Armenia had reached a ceasefire agreement stipulating that Baku regained control of the occupied provinces.