Turkish Deputy PM visits London

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus met House of Commons leader David Lidington on Thursday, as part of his visit to the U.K.

Turkey’s U.K. ambassador Abdurrahman Bilgic, his counterpart Richard Moore and the Director General of the Office of Public Diplomacy in Turkey Ali Osman Ozturk also attended the meeting at the UK Parliament, sources told Anadolu Agency.

Kurtulmus and Lidington discussed a wide range of issues, including the aftermath of the recent coup attempt in Turkey, the Cyprus negotiations, developments in Syria and Ukraine and Turkey’s war on terror.

Referring to the Cyprus problem, Lidington said that Turkey’s encouraging role in the Cyprus talks, which are currently in deadlock, was appreciated.

Kurtulmus replied that a settlement is still within reach. He reminded that the Turkish side has been supporting the negotiations and endorsing a settlement in Cyprus since the 2004 Annan Plan.

The deputy PM continued meetings in London on Friday, including at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and will meet with representatives of the Turkish community.

Ankara Anatolia News Agency, Kibris Postasi

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