Erdogan: Turkey attaches special importance to cooperation with Great Britain

Erdogan: Turkey attaches special importance to cooperation with Great Britain”

In efforts to preserve close ties, Britain has been largely silent on the erosion of rights and rule of law in Turkey under President Erdogan.

Under Erdogan, who survived an attempted coup in July 2016, Turkish authorities have sacked, detained or jailed hundreds of thousands of civil servants, soldiers, journalists and political opponents accused of having ties to suspected coup plotter Fethullah Gulen, or Kurdish militants.

Mr Erdogan will have meetings with the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May during his trip.

The Turkish president said bilateral cooperation between the two countries has grown, especially since the referendums that changed Turkey's governing system to an executive presidency and paved the way for Britain's departure from the European Union.

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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.

"We want to continue our economic relations as the governments of Turkey and the United Kingdom without interruptions after Brexit", Erdogan said before leaving Istanbul for London earlier Sunday.

Mrs May and the Turkish president are set to discuss global issues such as the situation in Cyprus where the two nations act as guarantors.

TRT World's Simon McGregor Wood explains what both sides are hoping to get out of the visit.

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