: 'Turkey will support Azerbaijan to the end' - Turkish President

18:44 Apr. 3, 2016

'Turkey will support Azerbaijan to the end' - Turkish President

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, flanked by his wife Emine Erdogan (AP Photo)

Erdogan commented on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and expressed support for Azerbaijani people 

Turkey's Presidential Official Website: Answering an Azerbaijani reporter's question during the opening ceremony of the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center on the clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia, President Erdoğan said: "We are faced with such incidents because the Minsk Group underestimated the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh, which has been under occupation for many years. If the Minsk Group had taken fair and decisive steps over this, such incidents would not have happened."

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Expressing that the clashes were still ongoing along the frontline, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: "We pray our Azerbaijani brothers will prevail in these clashes with the least casualties." The President added: "We are faced with such incidents because the Minsk Group underestimated the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh, which has been under occupation for many years. If the Minsk Group had taken fair and decisive steps over this, such incidents would not have happened. However, the weaknesses of the Minsk Group unfortunately led the situation to this point. May Allah assist our Azerbaijani brothers!"

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Answering a second question on Turkey's support to Azerbaijan during this period, President Erdoğan said: "We will support Azerbaijan to the end. I raised this issue, particularly the nuclear weapons issue in Armenia, in my speech yesterday. I asked the world to be sensitive over Armenia's negative intentions, especially over the nuclear weapons. My Brother Ilham Aliyev also raised this issue in his speech. Sooner or later, justice will be served."

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