Britain's Johnson: rude poem was not brought up in Turkey

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says his Turkish hosts have not brought up the controversy caused by a rude poem he composed mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart on Tuesday Johnson said Turkey and Britain stand together against terrorism and that London will continue to support Turkey's bid for European Union membership.

Johnson said the poem was not an issue of discussions during two days of meetings and no one had brought it up until a journalist asked during the news conference whether he would apologize. Johnson did not answer the question.

In an apparent bid to charm his hosts late on Monday, Johnson said he was the proud owner of a "beautiful, very well-functioning" Turkish-made washing machine.