West News Wire: As part of efforts by the two nations to mend relations after decades of hostility, the Turkish state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Friday that Turkey and Armenia are free to begin direct air cargo as of the beginning of this year.

According to diplomatic sources quoted by Anadolu, the decision to permit direct aviation cargo trade as of January 1 was made as a consequence of discussions between the special representatives of the two nations during a process of normalizing relations.

According to the sources, the decision was communicated to the associations of Turkish exporters by the Turkish commerce ministry. The air cargo commerce would begin as soon as possible, according to a July statement from Turkey’s foreign ministry.

Turkey and Armenia held the first round of talks in more than 10 years in January 2022 and have held further talks since then.

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