Turkish foreign minister has sought to give assurances that relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan would remain strong. "We will not let anyone ruin relations between the two countries and we will not let anyone set our countries against each other," Ahmet Davutoglu told a joint press meeting Friday with Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov after a meeting in Ankara.

Davutoglu said Turkey and Azerbaijan held regular contacts in mutual visits as well as regular consultations over the telephone.

"It is out of question that Turkey and Azerbaijan are estranged from each other. Just as there are direct talks or consultations in a family, there are direct consultations and contacts between the two countries which we have never hampered," Davutoglu said.

The Turkish foreign minister said Turkey and Azerbaijan always discussed any issue openly and "with the same perspective."

"That is why Turkey and Azerbaijan are one nation and two states," Davutoglu told reporters.