President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming three-day visit to the UK will be a step forward to improve ties, said the British ambassador to Turkey on Thursday.
Dominick Chilcott, who is in Turkey’s Aegean province of Izmir for official talks, told reporters that Erdogan’s visit to the UK “will be a sign of the strength of our relations.”
“It is a great honor to have him and to be able to host him in our capital city. He has important meetings […] he is going to be seeing prime minister of [the UK],” Chilcott said, adding that Queen Elizabeth II will be also among the audience.
“It is his first visit since becoming the president,” he noted.
Chilcott said the visit will boost cooperation between the two countries and will draw attention to the strong ties as the two countries work together in various fields including the fight against terrorism, illegal migration and stopping organized crime.
“And also a possible area, perhaps, is bilateral trade which is growing very quickly. And of course, we have been talking about tourism,” he added.
Chilcott recalled May’s visit to the Turkish capital Ankara in January 2017 in which a deal was signed between the two countries on the pre-design phase of Turkey’s new fighter jet, the TFX.
“It is possible that there will be a further announcement but these projects, once they start, they take a long time to get going and it is not always clear when is the next point you are going to make the announcement,” he said.
On Wednesday, Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Erdogan was to attend closing dinner of Turkish-British Tatlidil Forum, which will end on 13 May in Reading, southern England.
The Tatlidil Forum, established in 2011, gathers leading figures from the fields of academia, business, the media, and politics to strengthen relations between Turkey and the UK