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Strengthening UK-Turkey relations

Head of the Diplomatic Service Simon Fraser visited Turkey on 31 January – 1 February to strengthen UK-Turkey relations and promote UK business.

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He met his Turkish counterpart, Feridun Sinirlio?lu, in Ankara. The discussions focussed on cooperation on Foreign Office priorities, particularly trade and commercial investment, counter-terrorism, migration, energy, EU accession, regional political issues including Iran, and consular and visa issues.

The visit underlined the importance of the UK-Turkey strategic partnership, following the Prime Minister’s visit in July. The Prime Minister has called Turkey “Europe’s BRIC” and set a target of doubling UK-Turkey trade in the next five years.

He met a group of Turkish entrepreneurs and high-level professionals from the ICT sector in Istanbul. He had a wide-ranging discussion about the Turkish economy and promoted the UK economy and UK business in Turkey.


Published 9 February 2011