Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkish Prime Minister hosted British Prime Minister Theresa May in Ankara on 28 January 2017. The leaders discussed issues about political, security and trade relations. An agreement was reached for a £100m defence deal to help develop fighter jets for the Turkish air force.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey aimed to boost trade with Britain from 15.4 billion dollars to 20 billion dollars.
Following the talks between Theresa May and the Turkish Prime Minster Binali Yıldırım, an agreement was announced for £100 million defence deal between BAE Systems and the Turkish Aerospace Industries to help develop fighter jets for the Turkish air force.
The chief executive of BAE Systems (Patron member of the TBCCI) said the agreement “signals an exciting next step in relations between both Turkey and the UK”. Mrs May said it “marks the start of a new and deeper trading relationship with Turkey.”
May added that Britain and Turkey would establish a joint working group to prepare the ground for the UK’s post-Brexit trading relationship.
The leaders also discussed fighting terrorism, the Cyprus issue, Syria, Iraq and the Astana process.
Turkish President Erdogan said: “The UK and Turkey will enjoy a very different nature and a very different position.” Mrs May stated that Turkey was one of the UK’s oldest friends but much more could be done to build on that relationship.