The National Security Adviser chaired a COBR meeting of senior officials this afternoon to discuss the situation in Turkey. Representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the intelligence agencies, the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and the Department for Transport attended. The ambassador and embassy staff in Ankara also joined by video link.
Noting that the picture is still developing, they discussed what we know about last night’s attempted coup and the potential internal and regional repercussions.
They considered the impact on our bilateral relationship and agreed on the importance of maintaining the close co-operation on security and counter-terrorism.
They also discussed the impact on British nationals in Turkey. Consular staff continue to provide assistance to those affected by the airport closures and FCO staff in London are in close contact with ABTA. The Department for Transport are also in touch with the airlines.
Officials agreed that we should monitor the situation on the ground closely over the coming days and keep the travel advice to Turkey under review. The National Security Adviser is expected to chair a further COBR meeting on Sunday morning.