Turkish president heads to Turkish Republic of N.Cyprus

By Sefa Mutlu

ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday left for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

Plane carrying President Erdogan departed from Istanbul at 12:20 p.m. local time (0920GMT) for the capital Lefkosa for an official visit and to attend ceremonies on the country's 37th foundation anniversary.

Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot President Ersin Tatar are expected to discuss the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, along with steps to further strengthen the close cooperation between Turkey and the TRNC. They will also exchange views on the Cyprus issue.

Also, Erdogan is expected to attend the official opening of the Lefkosa Emergency Hospital, according to a statement from the Presidential Communications Directorate.