May 14 2018

Cyprus on Erdoğan’s agenda during U.K. visit - Greek daily

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss Cyprus - partitioned between Greek and Turkish communities since 1974 and an ongoing source of tension between the two NATO allies - during talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday as part of his three-day U.K. visit, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported.

The recent escalation of words and physical encounters in the Aegean Sea and off Cyprus has further strained Turkish-Greek relations over the past few months.

Erdoğan began his state visit to Britain on Sunday and is scheduled to meet Queen Elizabeth following his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May today.

The Greek daily noted that the Turkish president will also discuss bilateral cooperation, relations with the European Union and the fight on terrorism.

With the upcoming presidential and parliamentary election just weeks away, Erdoğan’s visit comes as a surprise for analysts.