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Turkey reopens borders with Nakhchivan

Turkey reopens borders with Nakhchivan

Economy
28 February 2020, 17:47 673
According to experts, Azerbaijan-Turkey relations set example for the whole world
 
Many countries have either closed or limited their borders due to the dangerous coronavirus spread around the world. Preventive measures are taken regarding the virus, which has now spread in neighboring Iran. Thus, taking into account the danger, Turkey recently closed its borders with Iran and Nakhchivan. However, Nakhchivan, which borders both Iran and Turkey, almost returned to the condition of the temporary blockade. In these circumstances, it would be impossible to meet the needs of the autonomous republic by air transportation alone. Therefore, at a meeting between President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on February 25, restrictions on the movement of cargo trucks and citizens from Turkey to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic were discussed.
The Turkish President later gave instructions to the heads of the relevant state bodies of the Republic of Turkey on allowing cargo vehicles through the Turkish border checkpoint "Dilucu" into the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan and the movement of cargo vehicles was restored.
"Closing the borders could have difficulties for Nakhchivan," MP Tahir Rzayev told the Kaspi newspaper. "The autonomous republic is on Turkey's route, there are close ties, people come and go to this country. There are also trade, economic and social issues that are resolved. If coronavirus is now spreading, actions should be taken to prevent it. Border closure is not the first way to prevent it. People need to be vigilant and preventive measures should be taken by the health and other relevant authorities. The opening of the Nakhchivan-Turkey border was important because it is not right to restrict people’s movement and commerce,” he said.
According to Rzayev, Turkey's move made in favor of Nakhchivan should be regarded as an aid to a brother. "Turkey was with Azerbaijan both on the most difficult days and the most pleasant ones. The fraternity between the two countries sets an example for the whole world. Because Turkey has always been with us at the most difficult moments, and vice versa. We are brothers! Good brothers must protect and support one another at all times. The Azerbaijan-Turkey brotherhood is eternal. The presidents of both Azerbaijan and Turkey call each other brothers at the most prestigious events, and this is evident,” he noted.
Political scientist Natig Miri said the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic is a unique region. "Today, Nakhchivan really needs support in all areas. In particular, the fact that Nakhchivan's border with Iran is closed, to a certain extent, can cause difficulty for the autonomous republic. Because we know that coronavirus is now spreading rapidly in Iran. Even the death toll is said to have increased rapidly. In addition, Iran is providing very little information to the public. Therefore, it is not known how fast coronavirus is spreading in Iran. In this case, of course, Nakhchivan needs fraternal Turkey. These needs must be met by brotherly Turkey,” he added.
Miri stressed that if the borders were to remain closed, it would not be possible to meet all of Nakhchivan's needs with air transportation. "Keeping the border open is not just a matter of food transport. At present, there are very serious trade relations between Nakhchivan and Turkey. In addition, it is impossible to meet all the needs of people by aircraft. Because we know that air transportation is costly. In this regard, the opening of borders will significantly increase the capabilities of our compatriots living in Nakhchivan, which will facilitate their supply. We should thank fraternal Turkey for this,” he added.
Political analyst Gabil Huseynli said that Iran has now closed the border with Nakhchivan due to the coronavirus threat. "At the same time, Turkey had also taken this step within the framework of security measures. Therefore, Nakhchivan was completely in a blockade. However, after the Turkish President's visit to Baku, the border crossing point was opened. After this, the autonomous republic can be considered out of the blockade,” he said.
Huseynli also said that the issue of shipping cargo from Iran to Nakhchivan was solved at the insistence of Azerbaijan. "Thus, Nakhchivan's needs will be met. The border closure could have created very difficult conditions. First, there is an exchange of products from Nakhchivan, people come and go. Some of the cargo is shipped to Nakhchivan through Iran and some through Georgia and Turkey,” he noted.
 
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