Theresa May to Visit Turkish President Erdoğan

Theresa May will travel to Turkey on Saturday to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Downing Street said Tuesday.

It will be the British prime minister’s first visit to Turkey since she took office last July.
“The PM will take this opportunity to reiterate our support for that, but we’ve also been clear that Turkey’s response to that must be proportionate and of course we will continue to raise those issues.
“The visit will reflect the fact that Turkey is an indispensable partner and a close ally for the UK on many issues of global importance, including trade, security and defence.”

 

Earlier this month, Britain’s Europe Minister Alan Duncan, visited Turkey and Greece to support ongoing Cyprus negotiations. May called the Turkish president several days later to discuss the peace talks and express her condolences after the latest attacks in Istanbul and Izmir, according to No. 10.

Earlier this month, Britain’s Europe Minister Alan Duncan, visited Turkey and Greece to support ongoing Cyprus negotiations. May called the Turkish president several days later to discuss the peace talks and express her condolences after the latest attacks in Istanbul and Izmir, according to No. 10.

The two leaders are expected to discuss anti-terrorism measures against the likes of Islamic State. Turkey has been the target of a string of terrorist attacks, including on New Year’s Day when a gunman opened fire at an Istanbul nightclub, killing 39 people.

May will meet U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, and will fly from Washington to Ankara.

 

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