Azeri President Aliyev in Turkey for talks.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;}.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;}Azeri President Ilham Aliyev arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Wednesday in his first formal trip abroad after being re-elected to his post last month. (UPDATED)

Aliyev is scheduled to meet his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, as well as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Aliyev will address Turkish lawmakers at parliament.

Aliyev's visit to Turkey is important since it will take place immediately after his meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev in the Russian capital of Moscow on Sunday.

The three leaders signed a declaration at the end of their meeting, and called for a "peaceful resolution" to their dispute over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh on the basis of "binding international guarantees".

There is no diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey over Armenia's aggression over Azerbaijan.

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began in 1988 on Armenian territorial claims over Azerbaijan.

Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts, displacing 10 percent of the Azeri population in the series of bloody clashes both between and within the two neighboring countries.

In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group are currently holding peaceful negotiations. Nearly 30,000 were killed in the 1990s war over the enclave and soldiers on both sides continue to exchange sporadic fire, claiming lives.

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