Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkish president heads to United Kingdom before meetings with queen, PM

Turkish president heads to United Kingdom before meetings with queen, PM

Turkey stands for continuation of close economic cooperation with Great Britain in the period after Brexit, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is scheduled to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May, Queen Elizabeth and business leaders.

Speaking at a forum on Turkish-British relations, Erdogan noted that in July 2016, the British government quickly condemned a coup attempt against him and said "we will never forget this solidarity".

Citing the recently announced project-based incentive package, which exceeded TL 135 billion, the president said Turkish will add more such projects and invited the British firms to partake in these incentive programs with Turkish partners.

Speaking to reporters prior to his departure, Erdogan said Turkey wanted positive economic relations with the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

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Erdogan said a replica of an Ottoman nishan (decoration) awarded by Sultan Selim III to Britain's legendary Admiral Lord Nelson for his service during the French campaign in Egypt in 1798 was placed at the entrance of the hall where the Tatli Dil Forum was held today, showing the deep ties between the two countries.

"I see the strategic partnership between Turkey and the U.K.as a necessity, rather than a simple choice, for the interests of the two countries", he told a British-Turkish forum in the city of Reading on May 13.

Topics include the latest developments in Cyprus, where Turkey and Britain both act as guarantors, and a "joint action plan" for the Middle East, especially Syria, Iraq and Iran.

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