Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had talks on Thursday in Baku with both Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov, due to tensions between the regional allies, which escalated upon the delivery of a diplomatic note of protest to Azerbaijani officials because of their decision to remove a Turkish flag in front of an embassy building in Baku.


The occasion of Davutoğlu's visit to Baku was a foreign ministerial meeting of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) hosted by Azerbaijan. There was a positive environment during the one-hour meeting between Davutoğlu and Mammadyarov, diplomatic sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Anatolia news agency, as they noted that all issues between the two countries have dealt with “a broad perspective.”

Protocols signed between Armenia and Turkey for re-establishing their ties and reopening their joint border, the removal of Turkish flags around a monument to 1,130 Turkish soldiers who died while fighting for Azerbaijan's independence in 1918 and recent developments regarding efforts by the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which has been working for a decade and a half to mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, were discussed during the meeting between the two foreign ministers, the same diplomatic sources told Anatolia.

The meetings between Davutoğlu and Azerbaijani leaders “passed in the way they should pass between officials of the two brotherly countries,” the sources said, without elaborating.

Meanwhile, Anatolia also reported that Ambassador Ünal Çeviköz, the deputy undersecretary for the Caucasus and Central Asia, is in Vienna attending a meeting of the Minsk Group that will be held today. As of Thursday, Çeviköz had already started talks with his counterparts, the agency said, without providing further detail.

Earlier this week, Ankara protested Azerbaijan's removal of Turkish flags at a cemetery and outside some Turkish missions in apparent retaliation to a ban that prevented Turkish fans from waving Azeri flags during a World Cup qualifying match between Turkey and Armenia earlier this month.