Turkey, Britain discuss bilateral relations

Turkish Interior minister met with British Home Secretary in Turkey.

Turkey, Britain discuss bilateral relations

Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay has said that visit of British Home Secretary would make a valuable contribution to efforts to further improve historic and friendly relations.

Atalay met with British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith who is currently paying a three-day official visit to Turkey.

Turkish Interior Minister said prior to the meeting, "Mrs. Smith's visit will make a valuable contribution to efforts to further improve historic and friendly relations between Turkey and Britain which have also been cooperating in Cyprus, the Middle East, Caucasus, Iraq, Iran and the Balkans under their Strategic Partnership agreement."

"Britain is one of the countries extending most support to Turkey's EU membership process. It is also our second biggest commercial partner in exports among the EU-member states behind Germany," he said.

Atalay has said that the cooperation between Turkey and Britain in the fight against terrorism further developed after the suicide attack on the British Consulate in Istanbul on November 20, 2003, in which 27 people including British consul General Roger Short were killed and many others were injured.


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