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UK's 'close Turkey ties' will continue after election

By Andrew Woodcock

Britain looks forward to continuing a "close association" with Turkey following the re-election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Theresa May's official spokesman has said.

Mr Erdogan has won a further five-year term as president under new arrangements which give him new executive powers and make him head of government as well as head of state.

Second-placed presidential contender Muharrem Ince accepted the result but warned that Turkey had become "a one-man regime".

Mrs May's official spokesman said: "The United Kingdom looks forward to continuing its close association with Turkey following the result of elections yesterday.

"Turkey and the UK have a wide range of shared interests, including regional security, counter-terrorism and bilateral trade and investment."

Mrs May has visited Mr Erdogan in Ankara in 2017, where she agreed a £100m deal to help develop fighter jets for the Turkish air force. She welcomed the Turkish president to the UK on a state visit last month.

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