The presidents of Turkey and Azerbaijan exchanged greetings for the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha in a phone call, the Azerbaijani Presidency said on Friday.

In a statement, the presidency said that Ilham Aliyev telephoned Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give greetings for Eid al-Adha, or the feast of the sacrifice.

Aliyev and Erdogan expressed their satisfaction with strengthening Turkish-Azerbaijani relations and stressed that this will continue, the statement added.

The leaders cited ongoing large-scale joint military exercises between Turkey and Azerbaijan as another sign of the warm relations between the two countries.

Aliyev also said they appreciated Erdogan’s steadfast support for Azerbaijan in the face of recent military provocation by Armenia, the statement added.

Most Muslim-majority countries around the world, including Turkey, are observing the four-day holiday starting on Friday.

*Writing by Handan Kazanci

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