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British Prime Minister talks trade, human rights in Turkey

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 01:28

British Prime Minister Theresa May meets with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to talk trade and urge Turkey to maintain human rights following the failed coup. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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An audience with the Turkish President. British Prime Minister Theresa May visiting Tayyip Erdogan.. fresh from talks with U.S. president Donald Trump on Friday. Her mission in Ankara - to set the platform for a new, post-Brexit trade relationship. Erdogan making positive noises on that front. 3. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "As two NATO countries we always stand in solidarity and work in this manner. We discussed the joint steps we can take together particularly in defence cooperation. I believe our cooperation will be very different from now on. We aim to increase the annual trade from $15.6 billion to $20 billion now." Music to the prime minister's ears. But she also addressed Turkey's human rights, after a failed coup last year. Since then, more than 100 thousand people have been sacked or suspended and around 40 thousand jailed, pending trial. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "Now it is important that Turkey sustains this democracy by maintaining the rule of law and upholding its human rights obligations." Meeting also with Turkey's Prime Minister, the pair announced a 125 million dollar deal to develop Turkish fighter jets. Downing Street hoping that will see Britain as a leading defence partner for Turkey.

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British Prime Minister talks trade, human rights in Turkey

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 01:28