On Thursday, December 31, Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev received a Turkish military delegation led by national defense minister Hulusi Akar, Reuters reports.
Pointing to the aftermath of the violent Artsakh War as a key moment in the history of the Caucasus, Turkey’s national defense minister Akar also spoke about a new corridor crossing Armenian territory to connect Zangilan in Azerbaijan with the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
Akar highlighted the importance of “physically” uniting Turkey, Azerbaijan, and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, stating, “It is important to establish this line between Nakhchivan and Zangilan following the establishment of this joint center as soon as possible for this victory to be crowned,” he said.
Azerbaijan plans to build a road from the town of Horadiz to Zangilan on the border with Armenia, from where it will use trucks to move goods to Nakhchivan and Turkey, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said.
‘We are attaching great importance to the creation of the Azerbaijan-Armenia-Turkey corridor, and initial instructions have also been given. In the coming days, we will begin construction of a railway from Horadiz to Zangilan, to the Armenian border, and a feasibility study is currently being prepared. A temporary road has been built from Horadiz to Zangilan.
I think that the railway will take a maximum of two years to complete. However, we believe that we should not wait for this date and can transport cargo by rail to Horadiz and then by trucks. This is already an important issue on our agenda. I think and am sure that we can already send and receive first cargo from Azerbaijan to Turkey through Armenia and Nakhchivan. Thus, the Nakhchivan corridor, an important part of the Statement signed on 10 November, will be opened,’ Aliyev said.