Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, began a three-day state visit to the UK on Sunday. On his arrival in the UK, he insisted that Anglo-Turkish relations were going from strength to strength and would develop even more after Brexit.
The context of this visit is particular for both leaders. Erdoğan is in the midst of a high-stakes domestic election campaign while Theresa May is battling internal rifts and dealing with hard negotiations regards BREXIT. This visit didn’t help much May in garnering support. In fact Theresa May was criticised for disowning Britain’s respect for human rights in pursuit of a post-Brexit trade deal with Ankara.
Erdoğan arrived at RAF Brize Norton on Sunday lunchtime. His state visit is expected to include a joint press conference with May, a speech at the prestigious thinktank Chatham House, and a meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.