Turkey’s Erdogan in Britain, praises country as ‘real friend’

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan started a three-day visit to Britain by praising the country Sunday as “an ally and a strategic partner, but also a real friend.”

The Turkish leader is scheduled to meet Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday. Speaking at a forum on Turkish-British relations, Erdogan noted that in July 2016, the British government quickly condemned a coup attempt against him and said “we will never forget this solidarity.”

The Turkish president said bilateral cooperation between the two countries has grown, especially since the referendums that changed Turkey’s governing system to an executive presidency and paved the way for Britain’s departure from the European Union.

COMMENTS