The coincidence of two major terror attacks just before a planned visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Azerbaijan have not deterred plans for the leaders of the two countries this time.
Quoting presidency sources, media reported the high-level meeting was moved to the capital, Ankara, from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The high-level cooperation meeting was moved to Ankara after Erdoğan was forced to postpone his scheduled visit to the country's Turkic neighbor for a second time after the terror attack, which killed 37 people in a busy district of Ankara.
Erdoğan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will meet in Ankara today for the Fifth Meeting of the Turkey-Azerbaijan High Level Strategic Cooperation Council. Reports said Aliyev suggested the relocation of the event and Erdoğan thanked him for the gesture. Erdoğan had to cancel his first planned trip to Baku in February after a car bombing killed 28 people a few kilometers from the Prime Ministry in Ankara. Erdoğan was expected to cancel this visit as well hours before the presidency announced Aliyev will instead visit Ankara for the meeting.
The meeting between leaders of the two countries that are probably the closest allies in the region is significant in terms of advancing bilateral relations in energy. Azerbaijan and Turkey have agreed to speed up the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project before the planned date in 2018; officials are expected to sign a deal to that extent in today's meeting. The TANAP stretches from Azerbaijan to Europe and constitutes a central part of the Southern Gas Corridor, vital to decreasing the European Union's dependence on Russian gas.
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