Turkey and the UK sign arms deal
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.