French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday welcomed Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul's visit to neighboring Armenia as "courageous and historic".
"While the region is in the midst of a serious crisis, (his visit) is a courageous and historic gesture for Turkish-Armenian relations," Sarkozy, who currently holds the European Unions rotating presidency, said in a statement.
"It allows hope for progress soon in establishing normal relations between
Gul made his landmark visit to
Sarkozy paid "tribute to the political courage of President Gul and President (Serzh) Sargsyan" and said he was hoping that reaching out will allow both countries to show the world that "reconciliation is possible through openness, dialogue and the respect of others."