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British Foreign Minister meets Turkish prime minister

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:18 GMT, Sep 27, 2016 |
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Britain’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, met with the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday (September 27) on the second day of his official visit to Turkey.

On Monday, he kicked off his trip to Ankara by highlighting his “proud ownership” of a Turkish washing machine. But he steered clear of his past prize-winning insults of President Tayyip Erdogan.

Johnson, the former mayor of London, was named in May as the winner of the Spectator magazine’s “President Tayyip Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition” for a five-line entry that involved the Turkish president, wild oats and a goat.

Johnson said he saw a new partnership between the two countries following the Brexit vote, where the United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union and in which Johnson played a key role.

Later on Tuesday, Johnson is due to hold a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and to meet with President Erdogan.