Erdoğan, Johnson discuss bilateral relations, regional issues

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a telephone call on Monday on the improvement of bilateral relations and regional issues, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The pair discussedways to develop Turkish-UK ties,  tourism, defence, agriculture, investment and the coronavirus pandemic, the agency said, citing diplomatic sources.

Erdoğan told Johnson that Turkey welcomes the UK's efforts on the Cyprus issue, Anadolu said, and that a two-state solution would result in a win-win situation for both sides on the divided island.

Turkey and the U.K. are among guarantor nations for Cyprus, which has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded the north in response to a Greek Cypriot coup aiming to unite the island with Greece. Since then, the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus has controlled the southern two-thirds of the island, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, only recognised by Turkey, the northern third.

Last month, Erdoğan reiterated that theonly way to resolve decades of dispute over Cyprus was to establish two states on the island, dismissing a federation, which is favoured by Athens.

The U.N. is set to hold informal talks on the island next month, which will include Turkey and the U.K.