Expectations and revelations before Erdogan start’s UK visit
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Theresa May during his official three-day visit to the U.K. starting on May 13. This visit comes as the UK is making a Brexit push to boost trade with Ankara, but also in the middle of a snap Turkish parliamentary and presidential campaigns conducted under a state of emergency.
According to a statement by the presidency’s press office, Erdogan will also attend the closing dinner of Turkish-British Tatlidil Forum on May 13 in Reading, southern England.
The Tatlidil Forum, established in 2011, gathers leading figures from the fields of academia, business, media and politics to strengthen relations between Turkey and the U.K.
The Turkish president will also speak at the Chatham House, a London-based think tank, in London. During his meetings, Erdogan is expected to address topics such as development of cooperation between the countries in areas such as economy, trade, security, defense industry and culture; developments in Syria and Iraq; regional developments — including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); relations with the European Union and jointly combatting terrorism.
In the meantime The Middle East Eye reports that new figures reveal that Britain has sold more than $1bn of weapons to Ankara since the failed 2016 coup and subsequent crackdown under emergency powers.
UK weapons sales since the attempted coup include a $667m deal for military electronic data, armoured vehicles, small arms, ammunition, missiles, drones, aircraft and helicopters.
Source: Middle East Eye, The Guardian, Turkish Presidency Office