Turkey's Erdogan in United Kingdom, praises country as 'real friend'

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May should speak out on Turkey's poor human rights record when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a state visit on Sunday, Human Rights Watch's United Kingdom chief said.

Turkey attaches special importance to cooperation with Great Britain, he said at a briefing before his flight to London. Meetings with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May are planned within the framework of the visit.

The deepening ties are most evident in trade, Erdogan said, with a joint goal of increasing trade volume from $16 billion to $20 billion and a potential free trade agreement in the works.

Citing the recently announced project-based incentive package, which exceeded TL 135 billion, the president said Turkish will add more such projects and invited the British firms to partake in these incentive programs with Turkish partners.

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Erdogan said he wanted to increase trade and security ties between the two countries as Britain prepares to leave the European Union in March 2019, the so-called Brexit process.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the preservation of the Iran nuclear deal is of fundamental importance for worldwide and regional security and the global non-proliferation regime.

Topics include the latest developments in Cyprus, where Turkey and Britain both act as guarantors, and a "joint action plan" for the Middle East, especially Syria, Iraq and Iran.

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