Tur­key and the UK sign arms deal

Business monthly (Egypt) - - REGION NOTES -

In her first of­fi­cial visit to Ankara, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May signed a $125-mil­lion de­fense deal that will see UK-based BAE Sys­tems work to­gether with Turk­ish Aero­space In­dus­tries to de­velop Turk­ish fighter jets. Dur­ing the Jan. 28 visit, May and Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan also vowed to in­crease trade be­tween the two coun­tries. Er­do­gan told re­porters he hoped to boost trade with Bri­tain to $20 bil­lion per year, up from $15.6 bil­lion at present, and May an­nounced that a work­ing group has been es­tab­lished to lay the ground­work for a post-Brexit trade deal. May faced crit­i­cism for the move at home, with the English me­dia tak­ing May to task for mov­ing closer to Tur­key at a time when it’s fac­ing in­creas­ing scru­tiny over hu­man r i ghts; Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties have im­pris­oned tens of thou­sands of peo­ple fol­low­ing a failed coup at­tempt last year.

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