British PM Theresa May flies to Ankara

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who flew directly from the US, is making her first official visit to Turkey since she took office in July 2016.

Prime Minister May is expected to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara.

May recently said that her country would turn into a “big and global trading nation” as the UK prepares to leave the European Union after Britons voted in favour of Brexit in June 2016. The British government is in negotiations to sign free trade agreements with some countries, including Turkey.

The fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the refugee crisis, and Cyprus are expected to be discussed during her visit to Ankara.

May is expected to work on boosting efforts to deepen the two countries’ cooperation on several issues, as well as current regional and international issues, a statement from the Prime Ministry said on 27th January.

The trip comes amid the ongoing series of Cyprus negotiations in Geneva. Following a five-party conference on Cyprus in Geneva on 12th January, a working group, with the participation of three guarantor powers in Mont Pelerin on 18th January decided to advance meetings.

The UK, along with Turkey and Greece, are guarantor countries participating in the Cyprus talks.


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