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Bilateral ties, Turkey's EU bid set to dominate cameron's talks with Erdoğan

Bilateral ties, Turkey's EU bid set to dominate cameron's talks with Erdoğan

British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to arrive in Ankara today for a two-day official visit, just three months after taking office. Accompanied by Foreign Secretary William Hague, Cameron is scheduled to meet with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of his visit. The two are expected to discuss bilateral ties, the Cyprus issue, and Turkey's European Union accession process, as well as other issues of common concern. They will also update a strategic partnership document first signed when Erdogan visited Britain in 2007. Britain is a firm supporter of Turkey's EU membership and wants to forge stronger trade ties with Turkey, which it sees as an ally of vital strategic importance. Turkey's EU bid has stalled in the face of opposition from France and Germany, plus a row over Cyprus. Following Cameron, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will pay a visit to Turkey tomorrow. In addition to Turkey's EU bid, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is expected to discuss problems with terrorism with his German counterpart. In recent months Ankara has stepped up its criticism of EU member states on the terrorism issue, saying the bloc remains indifferent to Turkey's calls for stronger cooperation against the terrorist PKK. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the United States.

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