It has been reported that Turkish officials are to meet in Washington with an Armenian delegation in an effort to repair bilateral relations.
It was also reported that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to meet his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan on the sidelines of a nuclear conference in Washington.
The official Anadolu news agency reported on Monday that Erdogan, prior to his departure to Washington, dispatched Feridun Sinirlioglu, an undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Armenia to discuss bilateral ties.
Claims of genocide during the Ottoman Empire complicated Turkish relations with Armenia. Recent ties were strained further over issues regarding the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an area of dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
It was also noted by some media reports that Turkey reacted angrily to a series of measures passed in Sweden and the United States that described the killing of Armenians in World War I as genocide. The Turkish envoy to Washington was recalled briefly when a measure narrowly passed March 4 in the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Leaders from Turkey and Armenia met in October, however, to sign protocols aimed at restoring bilateral ties following years of acrimony. (With Inputs from Agencies)
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