Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Erdogan: Turkey attaches special importance to cooperation with Great Britain

Erdogan: Turkey attaches special importance to cooperation with Great Britain

Turkish presidential elections are set to take place on June 24, with incumbent Erdogan the favourite to win.

"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.

Delivering the closing remarks at the 7th Turkish-British Tatlıdil Forum, President Erdoğan elaborated on the economic ties between Turkey and the U.K. The president recalled that during British Prime Minister May's visit to Turkey past year, the two countries agreed to increase the bilateral trade volume to $20 billion from its current value of around $16 billion.

Speaking about the forum, Erdogan said the two countries will bring together highly-qualified delegations from culture, art, politics and business fields.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during a ceremony in Istanbul Turkey
Erdogan: Turkey attaches special importance to cooperation with Great Britain

"The cooperation we have with the U.K.is well beyond any mechanism that we established with other partners".

The deepening ties are most evident in trade, Erdogan said, with a joint goal of increasing trade volume from $16 billion to $20 billion and a potential free trade agreement in the works.

"The crackdown [on journalists], along with takeovers and closures of media outlets, means that most of the media - especially television - is now a propaganda machine for Erdogan's ruling AKP party and the government", Mepham said.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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