Turkish president arrives in Azerbaijan

Erdogan to attend centennial anniversary of Baku's liberation, expected to hold meetings with Azeri officials

Turkish president arrives in Azerbaijan

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Azerbaijan on Saturday afternoon to attend ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Baku.

Erdogan landed at 12.30 p.m. local time (0830GMT) at Haydar Aliyev Airport, where he was greeted by Azerbaijan's Vice President Yagub Eyyubov, Deputy Foreign Minister Ramiz Hasanov, Azerbaijan's envoy in Ankara Hazar Ibrahim and Turkey's envoy in Baku Erkan Ozoral.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar accompanied Erdogan on his visit.

During his visit, Erdogan is expected to discuss with Azeri officials steps to further improve the strategic relations and the cooperation between the two countries.

On Sept. 15, 1918, Baku was liberated by the Caucasian Islamic Army, comprised of Azerbaijani and Turkish soldiers.

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