Boris Johnson arrives in Turkey, set to meet Erdogan

British foreign minister Boris Johnson began a key visit to Turkey on Monday, months after he led the successful 'Brexit' campaign that played on anti-Turkish sentiments.

The trip by Johnson is the first visit by a top level British official since the failed coup in July that aimed to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Campaigners for Britain to leave the EU in the June 23 vote repeatedly raised the specter of millions of Turks being free to live in Britain as a reason to pull out of the 28-nation bloc.

A spokesperson for the British embassy in Ankara told AFP that Johnson had arrived in Turkey, where he is to meet Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, as well as Syrian opposition groups.

He is also due to visit the Turkish parliament in the capital Ankara which was extensively damaged by airstrikes on the night of the failed July 15 coup, Turkish officials said.

Source: National News Agency