The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Georgia for their first bilateral meeting since 2020 when thousands died in a conflict over control of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Iran PressAsia: The meeting between Armenian foreign minister Ararat Mirzoyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov in Tbilisi comes months after Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met in Brussels.

The pair met to "advance discussions" on a peace treaty between the countries.

"This is the first meeting between the ministers, and we hope that it will bring in a result," Aliyev said on Friday.

However, the atmosphere was tense ahead of the meeting in Tbilisi, as several armed incidents have recently taken place along the border between the two countries, including a shootout on Friday night.

After the meeting, Armenia’s foreign ministry released a statement that said the pair discussed "a wide range of issues".

"The parties discussed the implementation of the agreements reached [by the leaders of the two countries] and discussed possible future steps," the statement said.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-old dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. 219

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