Prime Minister Speaks with President Erdogan

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has today spoken by phone to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey. They discussed matters relating to Syria and the Turkish economy.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“This morning the Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with President Erdogan of Turkey.

They discussed a number of their shared priorities. They both expressed their concerns about the escalating military action by the Syrian regime in north-west Syria putting millions of civilians at risk, and the potential for further – illegal – use of chemical weapons.

They discussed the importance of stability in the region, the need to protect civilians and to avoid a deterioration in the humanitarian situation. The Prime Minister reiterated her strong belief that the long-term stability of Syria can only be secured through a political settlement.

They also discussed the Turkish economy and the Prime Minister noted the UK is a major investor and trading partner with Turkey, and wants to see the Turkish economy flourish. The Prime Minister said the UK would welcome a visit from Turkey’s Treasury and Finance Minister to discuss ways to enhance the trade relationship between Turkey and the UK.”