Turkish President: "Presidential election held on February 7 has historic significance due to fact that it was held in all the sovereign lands of Azerbaijan"

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Türkiye

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# 19 February 2024 17:42 (UTC +04:00)

"I once again congratulate my dear brother Ilham Aliyev on his re-election as President of Azerbaijan for the fifth time with tremendous confidence of his people.

I am very pleased that my brother Ilham Aliyev is paying his first official foreign visit to Türkiye right after he was re-elected president," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a joint press conference with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Ankara, APA's Türkiye bureau reports.

"As you may know, the presidential election held on February 7 has a historic significance due to the fact that it was held in all the sovereign lands of Azerbaijan for the first time.

Unfortunately, on the eve of the election, Azerbaijan was subjected to some injustices. We strongly protested against the decisions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to prevent the Azerbaijani delegation from participating in this year's activities. We will continue to emphasize the importance of the Assembly being a dialogue platform that will strengthen parliamentary democracy, not conflict. We will continue our support for Azerbaijan and our efforts in this direction until the decision is cancelled," added Erdogan.

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