In the official welcome at the Cankaya Kioski, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer kissed Aliyev and said, “Welcome.” His wife Semra Sezer accompanied Mihriban Aliyev. Mrs. Aliyev became the focus of interest with her elegance.
Ilham Aliyev stated that he was excited and happy to visit Turkey for the first time as a “President” and as Ahmet Necdet Sezer’s official guest. He emphasized that Turkey was a “homeland” also for them. He was welcome with a “State ceremony” in Cankaya Kiosk. Visiting also Ataturk’s mausoleum, he stated that he believed Turkey’s unlimited support would continue especially on Mountainous Karabagh from now on as well.
At their press conference, both Sezer and Aliyev called on Armenia to withdraw from Karabakh, by a gradual solution to the Upper Karabakh problem.
Foreign Ministry officials interpreted the call made by both presidents as “Previously, the total withdrawal of Armenia from Karabakh , was an irreversible condition for Ankara and Baku. Turkey refused to take any step towards Armenia unless it pulled out Karabakh where it occupies. But recently, an approach to solve the problem through confidence-building measures, started being adopted internationally.”