Armenia- Turkey opened borders
These days Turkey is passing through the devastation caused by the devastating earthquake. The earthquake that hit here last Monday has taken more than 28 thousand lives so far. City after city has been devastated and till now relief and rescue work is going on. This earthquake has also worked to melt the frozen ice on the relations of many countries with Turkey. There are many countries who have extended a helping hand for humanitarian aid despite not having good relations with Turkey.
Armenia is also one of such countries. Last Saturday, the border gate between Armenia and Turkey was opened after nearly 30 years and trucks carrying humanitarian aid from Armenia were sent to the earthquake-hit country. According to the report of Turkish news agency Anadolu, this is the first time in three decades that the two countries have opened their borders.
Truck arrived with 100 tonnes of food and relief material
Turkey’s Special Envoy Serdar Kilik tweeted, “Five trucks carrying humanitarian aid including 100 tons of food, water have reached Turkey from the Alikan border.” Meanwhile, Ruben Rubinian, deputy speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, also said, humanitarian aid trucks crossed the Armenian-Turkish border and are on their way to the quake-hit region.
Relations between Turkey and Armenia have been tense for decades
According to a report, the borders between the two countries have been closed since 1993 following the ethnic conflict between Armenians and Turkish Azerbaijan. It has been said that since the late 1990s, the relations between the two countries have deteriorated. Armenians say that a large number of people were killed in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Armenia considers it a genocide. It is said that about three lakh Armenians were killed during this period.
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