President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay an official visit to the U.K. on May13-15 to attend the seventh Turkish-British Tatlidil Forum in southern England and also meet Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
In the visit, Erdogan is expected to discuss signing a new trade agreement between Turkey and U.K. after Brexit, will be addressed.
Erdogan will be accompanied by the country’s top economic officials, who are travelling to the U.K. today.
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the economy Mehmet Simsek is expected to meet investors over the weekend.
President Erdogan will be accompanied by a number of ministers during the Turkish-British Tatlidil Forum, which has been held since 2011.
As part of the three-day visit, Erdogan will meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He will also meet with Prime Minister May. During Erdogan’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and May, Turkey-Britain relations and regional issues are to be discussed.
According to media reports in the U.K., May’s official spokesman said the visit is an opportunity for the two countries to demonstrate their close bilateral relationship and to have important discussions about issues of shared interest.
The talks should include discussions to increase the bilateral trade volume, now $16 billion, to $20 billion, and to cooperate in the fields of energy and defense.
Erdogan is expected to meet the CEOs of U.K.’s major companies and invite them to invest in Turkey.
The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are expected to attend the forum.
Celik is also scheduled to speak in a session titled “Post-Brexit” on Saturday along with British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan.
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 U.K.
The sixth gathering of the forum was held last year in the southern Turkish province of Antalya in March.
Source: Daily Sabah