UK Prime Minister Theresa May was received by President Erdogan in Ankara on Saturday. This was the first visit to Turkey made by the British premier since she took office.
The two leaders discussed a variety of issues ranging from trade relations to advanced joint operations against terror in Syria.
After they met at the presidential compound, the two leaders gave a press meeting. President Erdogan referred to the two country’s trade relations and said they aim to boost the trade volume between Turkey and United Kingdom, from 15 billion dollars to 20 billion dollars.
Erdogan also said he discussed the Cyprus issue, Syria and Iraq and the Astana process with May.
“Syria and Iraq have a great importance for Turkish and British relations. We want to have a much different concept in the upcoming period for the cooperation between Turkey and the coalition powers. We have discussed these issues,” said Erdogan.
May has also praised Turkey for its pro-democracy stance in the July 15 coup attempt and added that “carrying our relationship to a further level is for the benefit of both countries.”
After her meeting with Erdogan, May met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at Çankaya Mansion.