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Turkish president arrives in UK for three day visit

The trip has been criticised by Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in the UK for a three day visit that has attracted controversy.

Mr Erdogan will have meetings with the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May during his trip.

However, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable condemned the visit as he accused the Turkish leader of having an “unacceptable disregard for liberal, democratic values”.

Sir Vince said: “May’s administration appears to have substituted diplomacy for sycophancy in its pursuit of Brexit.

“By permitting a state visit and audience with the Queen, May and Johnson are essentially rolling out the red carpet for a man with a disregard for human rights, who is responsible for alarming oppression and violence.”

Theresa May and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to discuss international issues such as the situation in Cyprus (Andrew Parsons / i-Images/PA)

Ahead of the trip Mr Erdogan said the UK was a “strategic partner and ally” and he wanted to improve trade relations between the two countries.

Mr Erdogan said: “We want to continue our economic relations as the governments of Turkey and the United Kingdom without interruptions after Brexit.”

Mrs May and the Turkish president are set to discuss international issues such as the situation in Cyprus where the two nations act as guarantors.

The Turkish leader will also meet business investors during the visit and speak at the Chatham House think tank.


From Belfast Telegraph