Theresa May Speaks to President Erdogan of Turkey

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A spokesman for Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has confirmed that she was in phone contact with President Erdogan of Turkey on 18 July 2016.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister 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”.