Turkish FM meets with British counterpart, Syria tops agenda

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who is in the UK on an official visit, met with his British counterpart, William Hague, in London on Monday.

The two foreign ministers exchanged views over the latest developments in Syria, the Middle East peace process, the situation in Iraq and Egypt.

Both Turkey and the UK are staunch backers of the Syrian opposition and endorse robust action by the international community. The UK pushed for lifting the arms embargo in the EU and stepped up its unilateral efforts to provide aid for the Syrian opposition forces.

Diplomatic sources said Hague had invited Davutoğlu to a May conference meeting on Somalia in London.

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu was in London to participate in a meeting of the Friends of Yemen Group.

Turkish diplomatic sources said Davutoğlu offered during the meeting Turkey as the venue for an international investment conference for Yemen following the country’s general elections.

Davutoğlu also said in the meeting that Turkey has pledged to donate $200,000 to support the transition process in Yemen.

Source: Today’s Zaman

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