Turkish PM Meets PM Theresa May

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and his British counterpart Theresa May met at Downing Street on Monday.

May hosted a Turkish delegation led by Yildirim for talks before a one-to-one meeting with the Turkish Premier.

A Prime Ministry statement said the meeting focused on expressing a determination to further develop cooperation between the two countries, especially in the economic, trade and defence sectors.

The two Premiers expressed satisfaction over bilateral and regional issues between Turkey and the U.K. as two friendly, allied countries. They agreed to maintain bilateral contacts and cooperation in many areas, including the fight against terrorism and also the Cyprus problem, the statement added.

Yildirim, who is in the U.K. capital by invitation of May, also later met with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. A Turkish official statement said providing peace and stability to Syria was discussed at the meeting. Yildirim underlined that Turkey had no problem with the Kurds in Syria but has objections to terrorist groups such as the PKK/PYD, according to the statement. Yildirim and Johnson also discussed the fight against Daesh and the PKK plus Syrian refugees and the NGOs working to help them, developments in Libya, and NATO-related issues.

Johnson mentioned Turkey’s positive contributions to peace and stability in the region and expressed his hope to boost cooperation in those fields as well as in the defence and technology sectors, according to the statement.

Yıldırım and his delegation were hosted at a dinner organised later by Lord Janvrin, the British prime minister’s trade envoy to Turkey.

CEOs from prominent British firms such as BP, Shell, Lloyds, Vodafone, HSBC, Rolls Royce and GlaxoSmithKline were expected to attend.

Ankara-Anatolia News Agency, Daily Sabah

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