Egypt welcomes agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Ahram Online , AFP , Tuesday 23 Apr 2024

Egypt welcomed Tuesday the agreement reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan, according to which Armenia shall return four villages to Azerbaijan and demarcate the borders.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry
Egyptian Foreign Ministry


In an official statement, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that this agreement is positive progress and it comes as the culmination of exerted efforts to demarcate borders between both countries.

The ministry further commended this important step, calling on both sides to take further confidence-building steps for a peace deal between both countries.

On Tuesday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said a peace deal with Armenia was closer than ever before, as teams from both countries began demarcating the border in a bid to end decades of territorial disputes and clashes.

The four abandoned settlements, which are to be returned to Azerbaijan, were taken over by Armenian forces in the 1990s, forcing their ethnic Azerbaijani residents to flee.

But Armenian residents of nearby villages worry they will end up isolated from the rest of the country and that some houses could fall into Azerbaijani territory.

The area has strategic importance for landlocked Armenia.


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