Press release

PM phone call with President Erdogan of Turkey: 18 July 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with Turkish President Erdogan to condemn the attempted coup and offer condolences to the Turkish people.

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A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister called President Erdogan of Turkey on Monday evening to condemn the attempted coup and to offer her condolences to the Turkish people. The Prime Minister commended the bravery of the Turkish people in standing up for democracy and she underlined the UK’s full support for Turkey’s democratically elected government and institutions, saying there was no place for military intervention in politics.

The President thanked the Prime Minister for her call, and congratulated her on taking office.

They agreed that the UK and Turkey already have a strong relationship and that opportunities to deepen our strategic partnership should be pursued, particularly in the areas of counter-terrorism, migration, regional security and defence.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also offered his congratulations to the Prime Minister on her appointment, and invited her to visit Turkey.

Published 20 July 2016