Erdoğan, May discuss bilateral ties, regional issues and economy

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a joint press conference following their meeting inside 10 Downing Street in central London on May 15, 2018. Angry protests greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday as he met Queen Elizabeth II and held talks with Prime Minister Theresa May. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Matt Dunham

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed bilateral relations and regional issues in a phone call on Monday.

According to Turkish presidential sources who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, Erdoğan and May also exchanged views in the areas of economy, trade and investment.

They agreed to a meeting between Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and his British counterpart.

After meeting with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Aug. 16, Albayrak on Monday met with his counterpart in France.

The meetings come amid a currency crisis in Turkey in which the Turkish lira has lost almost 50 percent of its value since the beginning of the year.

Erdoğan and May also discussed the latest developments in Syria, particularly in Idlib, the sources said.

The Syrian army backed by Russia has been planning a military offensive in Idlib, one of the last strongholds of armed rebels inside Syria.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu recently said a military solution in Idlib would be a “disaster.”

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