Turkish President Abdullah Gul ended a two-day official visit to Baku on August 17 with the signing of a strategic partnership agreement, but the details remain a guessing game. Local analysts say that they are left to conclude that the trip, coming a few days before Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Armenia, was meant mostly for consultations.
At a post-meeting press conference, Gul and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev only broached the new Agreement on Strategic Partnership and Mutual Support in general terms. Calling the deal “historic,” Aliyev declared that the agreement defines “the future of [our] bilateral relations of brotherhood for decades.” Gul added that the Agreement will let the two countries reinforce and develop “our solidarity.”
Despite those descriptions, the text of the agreement has not yet been published – for reasons that remain unclear.
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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance correspondent based in Baku. He is also a board member of the Open Society Institute-Azerbaijan.