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Cameron in Istanbul, Gaza on agenda

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and his British counterpart David Cameron on Friday discussed the Gaza conflict and bilateral issues in Istanbul.

The two ministers met behind closed doors. A Turkish diplomatic source said that Fidan stressed during the meeting that an immediate full ceasefire is needed in Gaza for lasting peace in the Middle East and a two-state solution must be implemented.

The source said Fidan and Cameron reaffirmed their determination to strengthen bilateral relations between their countries in a wide range of areas, especially in trade, economy, and defense industry.

For his part, Cameron, British secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs, said he was pleased that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed the presidential decree on Sweden’s accession to NATO after the Turkish parliament voted on the bill.

According to the source, another topic on the table was the allied relations within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the two ministers also addressed the importance of security in the Black Sea. ■

Famagusta Gazette