Armenian Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian, represented his country at the inauguration of the new President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday (28 August). Nalbandian was one of the many international representatives at the inauguration. His presence was however significant, given that the two countries do not have diplomatic relations. Observers have hailed the presence of the head of the Armenian diplomacy at the inauguration as a possible signal of a new thaw in relations between the two countries.
photo: President Erdgoan welcomiong Armenian Foreign Minister Nalbandian at the Presidential Palace in Ankara's Cankaya district on Thursday, 28 August 2014. (Picture courtesy of the Armenian Foreign Ministry).
The meeting in Krakow between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan did not lead to a breakthrough, and none was expected. But there appears to be a change of gear in the negotiations, says Dennis Sammut in this week's Monday Commentary