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Erdoğan heads to UK before meetings with Queen, PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left Istanbul on Sunday for his three-day visit to London during which he would meet Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss bilateral and international relations.

Published May 13,2018
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on his way to Britain where he'll meet Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.

Before leaving Istanbul for London on Sunday, Erdoğan called the U.K. a "strategic partner and ally" and said he would be discussing bilateral, regional and international issues with May. They include the latest developments in Cyprus, where Turkey and Britain act as guarantors, and a "joint action plan" in the Middle East, especially in Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Erdoğan said his three-day visit would also focus on increasing Turkey-Britain trade.

He said that "we want to continue our economic relations as the governments of Turkey and the United Kingdom without interruptions after Brexit."

Erdoğan will also be speaking at think tank Chatham House and meeting investors.