British PM arrives in Turkey for talks on EU, cooperation

10:30, July 27, 2010      

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British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Ankara on Monday for a two-day official visit, which is expected to focus on Turkey's bid for European Union (EU) membership and the two countries' cooperation.

Turkey's EU membership accession talks will dominate Cameron's visit and top British officials are expected to reaffirm support for Turkey's EU path, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported Monday.

The visit came amid a debate in Britain over whether to adopt stricter immigration policies, which are likely to affect roughly 300,000 Turkish immigrants currently residing in Britain, the newspaper said.

The visit, only three months after Cameron's election, is a sign of the importance the new British government attaches to relations with Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency quoted British officials as saying.

During the visit, Turkey and Britain will update and re-sign a strategic partnership document, which was signed for a two-year term during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Britain in 2007, said the agency.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague accompanied Cameron for the visit.

In a speech proposing a new vision for British foreign policies in July, Hague described Turkey as "Europe's biggest emerging economy" and stressed the significance of improving ties with Turkey.

Source: Xinhua


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