British Premier Theresa May (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet in Ankara, Turkey, on Jan. 28.
British Premier Theresa May (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet in Ankara, Turkey, on Jan. 28.

UK, Turkey Sign Defense Deal

UK, Turkey Sign Defense Deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May has signed a $125 million defense equipment deal with Turkey, as the two countries promised to ramp up trade partnerships.
May, who arrived in Turkey on Saturday after a trip to the US, visited both countries for the first time as prime minister, promoting trade agreements to strengthen her hand in the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union, or Brexit, Aljazeera reported.
After three hours of talks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the two leaders had discussed steps toward defense cooperation. He also told reporters he hoped to increase annual trade with Britain to $20 billion-up from $15.6 billion now.
May said the two countries had agreed to form a joint working group for post-Brexit trade.
They would step up an aviation security program, signing a defense deal worth more than $125 million to develop Turkish fighter jets.
Aljazeera’s Sonia Gallego, reporting from London, said there are already in place “robust” trade and arms deals between the two countries. 
“Since 2015, there has been $400 million worth of arms traded to Turkey, and ... following the coup [another] $60 million.”
May said she was “proud” Britain had stood with Turkey’s democratically elected government when a failed coup attempt happened last year.
“I’m proud that the UK stood with you on 15 July last year in defense of democracy and now it is important that Turkey sustains that democracy by maintaining the rule of law and upholding its international human rights obligations as the government has undertaken to do,” she told reporters.
May’s government is keen to start laying the groundwork for bilateral trade agreements for when Britain leaves the EU.
The UK was the second-largest destination for Turkish exports in 2015, buying $10.6 billion in goods, according to IMF trade data. Only Germany imports more from Turkey.

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