Press release

Minister for Europe visits Turkey

Sir Alan Duncan holds talks with Turkish leaders and reaffirms UK’s support for Cyprus settlement.

During his visit Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, was received by Minister for EU Affairs, Őmer Çelik and held talks with President Erdogan, Prime Minister Yildirim and other senior Turkish officials.

The Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, said:

The UK and Turkey are close partners. We have many shared interests and work together on a range of issues such as the migration crisis and counter-terrorism. I was pleased to discuss these pressing matters with friends and colleagues in the Turkish Government.

During my meetings in Ankara, I reaffirmed the UK’s continued support for the Turkish people and Turkey’s democratic institutions. Turkey has been through a difficult time since the attempted coup and I applaud the bravery of those who stood up for democracy and rejected the coup. However, I urge the Turkish government to ensure that the response to the coup is measured and in line with international obligations.

My visit comes at a significant point in Turkey’s fight against terrorism. I offer the UK’s condolences for the continuing appalling loss of life in Turkey from terrorist attacks. At the same time, I encourage the PKK to end violence and resume the peace process.

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