Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman and the Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay carried out important contacts in the Turkish capital Ankara yesterday.
Erhürman and Özersay first met with the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.
Erhürman was later received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The meetings focused on further developing cooperation and bilateral relations between the two countries as well as the Cyprus Problem and the hydrocarbons issue.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister Erhürman underlined the importance of using the natural gas discovered off the coast of the island to contribute to efforts to reach a settlement to the Cyprus Problem.
Erhürman also said that he was pleased to see Turkey’s support to all projects for economic and social development.
The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım for his part said that the Greek Cypriot side’s collocutor in any issue related to the Cyprus Problem was the Turkish Cypriot side.
“Any work carried out without the approval of both sides will be perceived by us as a threat and an infringement of North Cyprus’s sovereign rights” he said.
Yıldırım said that they were in full convergence with his TRNC counterpart on all issues.
He added that Turkey will continue to be by the side of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus no matter what.
Later in the afternoon, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay were received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
No statement was issued before or after the meeting.