Nagorno-Karabakh war revealed Turkic unity, Erdoğan says

The recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh revealed the significance of solidarity in the Turkic world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday.

Clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region erupted in September, with Turkish military support playing a crucial role in the successful advance of Azeri forces. A Russian brokered peace deal was agreed on Nov. 10.

In a message to the online Turkic World Meteorology Forum, Erdoğan congratulated Azerbaijan for its “great victory,” state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“What we have experienced during both the Nagorno-Karabakh war and the epidemic has shown the importance of unity and solidarity of the Turkic world in every field from defense to diplomacy, from health to agriculture, from tourism to energy,” Erdoğan said.  

On Nov. 17, the Turkish parliament approved the deployment of Turkish forces to Azerbaijan to monitor the ceasefire deal. And at the end of January, a joint Turkish and Russian observation centre in the Agdam region began operations.

Erdoğan said he hoped for further cooperation in the Turkic world that “speaks the same language, believes in the same religion, has a common history, culture and civilization".

Held online on Friday, the Turkic World Meteorology Forum was attended by officials from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Cyprus, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.