Turkish PM Davutoglu meets with British PM Cameron in London

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and British Prime Minister David Cameron hold meeting in London in order to discuss important issues concerning international terrorism, Cyprus, and Turkey-EU relations

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) shake hands before a meeting at '10 Downing Street', official prime ministerial residence in London, England on Jan. 18, 2016.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with his British counterpart David Cameron in London on Monday afternoon in order to discuss issues including international terrorism, Cyprus, and Turkey-EU relations.

Both leaders gave brief statements to the press before their meeting.

Davutoglu said that the two countries have “an excellent cooperation” with a trade volume of $15 billion in 2015 and their meeting would hopefully "accelerate all the economic and political cooperation," pointing out that he has conducted intensive talks during his London visit.

Cameron called Davutoglu his "good friend" and said it was "a great pleasure to host the Turkish prime minister" in his country.

Cameron offered his condolences to Turkey concerning Monday morning’s rocket strike on a school in southern Turkey that killed one person and a recent suicide attack by a DAESH terrorist in Istanbul which killed ten German tourists last Tuesday.

He said, "We face these challenges together with you, the fight against terrorism, against DAESH, and also the need to bring about change in Syria."

"We’re going to work very closely together on that, as on many other things, as NATO partners and allies with a very strong economic relationship and a very strong political relationship that we’ve built up over the last few years."

Davutoglu thanked Cameron for Britain’s support for Turkey’s European Union membership bid and said he also hoped the Cyprus issue would be resolved with Britain’s support this year "after many decades."

Britain is a guarantor state of Cyprus along with Turkey and Greece.  

The meeting of the two leaders came after a busy morning for Davutoglu who held several conferences at Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg, meeting business leaders and investors.  

Davutoglu noted during the meetings that Turkish economic growth continued in 2015 despite the uncertainty created by two parliamentary elections and terrorist attacks.

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