Turkey, UK relations at golden age: Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said, "this is the golden age of Turkey-the United Kingdom relations."

Turkey, UK relations at golden age: Erdogan


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "this is the golden age of Turkey-the United Kingdom relations."

Prime Minister Erdogan said at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, "Mr. Cameron is in Turkey on a state visit as the prime minister of the coalition government formed between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrat Party following the election on May 6, 2010."

"It is the second coalition government in the United Kingdom since the World War II. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu traveled to London on July 8 and held talks with his counterpart. There are intense political, economic, commercial and cultural talks between our countries. Also our historical relations strengthen the ties between our peoples. This is the golden age of Turkey-the United Kingdom relations," he said.

"We appreciate the United Kingdom's support to Turkey in its European Union membership process," he said.

Referring to the economic and commercial relations, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "there are around 2 thousand British investors in Turkey. Our trade volume was 13.5 billion USD in 2008. The trade volume decreased to 9.5 billion USD in 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis. We have also perfect relations in tourism. More than 2.5 million British tourists visited Turkey in 2009. Some 30 thousand Britons purchased real estate properties in Turkey."

"There is not any political party in the United Kingdom which is opposed to Turkey's European Union process. Mr. Cameron said during the meeting that all political parties extended support to Turkey's membership to the European Union," he said.

"The Cyprus issue was also high on our agenda. We discussed our likely contributions to the negotiation process as two guarantor states," he said.

Prime Minister Erdogan added that they would open a Yunus Emre Cultural Center in the United Kingdom in cooperation with the British Council.
 

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