The Prime Minister welcomed Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu of Turkey to Downing Street on Tuesday 20 January where they discussed a range of economic and security issues.
On bilateral trade they agreed that, as 2 of Europe’s fastest growing economies, both countries should keep working together to create opportunities for businesses in both Britain and in Turkey.
On tackling the threat posed by ISIL, the Prime Minister welcomed the improved co-operation on counter terrorism since his visit last month. And both agreed to further strengthen this co-operation, in particular on foreign fighters.
They discussed the progress of the anti-ISIL coalition in both Iraq and Syria, noting the advances made by Iraqi forces in northern Iraq. They agreed that more needed to be done to bolster the moderate opposition in Syria and the Prime Minister updated Prime Minister Davutoğlu on UK and US plans to have a joint training programme up and running by the end of March.
The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Davutoğlu also discussed their shared concerns over the situation in Libya. They agreed to continue to support efforts to resolve the political crisis and pave the way for peaceful political dialogue – which is in the interests of both the UK and Turkey.
Finally, they discussed Russia’s illegal actions in Ukraine and agreed on the importance of the EU and Turkey working together to send a strong and united message that Russia will continue to face consequences for as long as it continues to destabilise Ukraine.