Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman and Deputy Prime Minister-Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay are in the Turkish capital Ankara for their first official visit since being elected to office.
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister visited Anıtkabir this morning before meeting with the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.
Following the meeting, the two prime ministers will hold a joint press conference.
A lunch will also be hosted in their honor by the Turkish Prime Minister.
Erhürman and Özersay will also be meeting with the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State in Charge of Cyprus Affairs Recep Akdağ.
In the afternoon, the two will be recieved by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Speaking to reporters before his departure for Ankara, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman said that in addition to following the established practice of conducting the first visit abroad to Ankara, the visit was aimed at discussing with Turkish officials the economic and financial protocols.
“We shall also be discussing as to how we can further develop our relations, how we can move forward and cooperate for the development of the TRNC. Naturally we shall also be discussing the Cyprus Problem, to evaluate the conditions we are currently in. Our foreign minister had launched initiatives on the hydrocarbons issue and so we need to exchange views on that” he said.
Responding to a question on the economic and financial protocols, Erhürman said that this issue will be taken up as soon as the state budget is passed.