Turkey and UK on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in environment chapter in Turkey's European Union accession talks, Anadolu Agency reported.
Turkey's Chief EU Negotiator Egemen Bagis and Britain's Minister for EU David Lidington signed the memorandum of understanding after a joint press conference in Istanbul on the sidelines of the 7th Bogazici Conference.
Speaking at the press conference, Bagis said his talks with Lidington covered Turkish-British relations as well as Turkey's accession talks and the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in closing the environment chapter.
"Britain is the country that would understand the best the ups and downs Turkey goes through in its accession process. Because Britain's accession talks were not without its pains. Britain is a source of inspiration for us with its commitment to the EU integration," Bagis said.
Lidington, on his part, said that the memorandum of understanding aimed at making contributions to Turkey to fulfill the requirements of the policy chapter on environment, which he said would strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.