Turkey's Erdogan in UK, praises country as 'real friend'

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, waves to his supporters gathered outside his hotel in London, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Erdogan started a three-day visit to Britain by praising the country as "an ally and a strategic partner, but also a real friend." (Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, waves to his supporters gathered outside his hotel in London, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Erdogan is in London where he will meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday. Before leaving Istanbul for London on Sunday, Erdogan called the U.K. a "strategic partner and ally" and said he would be discussing bilateral, regional and international issues with May. (Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, speaks to the media at Ataturk Airport before his departure for London for a two-day official visit, in Istanbul, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman, left, and Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar listen.(Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with with supporter, outside his hotel in London, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Erdogan started a three-day visit to Britain by praising the country as "an ally and a strategic partner, but also a real friend." (Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media at Ataturk Airport before his departure for London for a two-day official visit, in Istanbul, Sunday, May 13, 2018.(Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a forum on language, in London, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Erdogan started a three-day visit to Britain by praising the country as "an ally and a strategic partner, but also a real friend." (Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands as his supporters gathered outside his hotel in London, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Erdogan started a three-day visit to Britain by praising the country as "an ally and a strategic partner, but also a real friend." (Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan started a three-day visit to Britain by praising the country Sunday as "an ally and a strategic partner, but also a real friend."

The Turkish leader is scheduled to meet Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.

Speaking at a forum on Turkish-British relations, Erdogan noted that in July 2016, the British government quickly condemned a coup attempt against him and said "we will never forget this solidarity."

The Turkish president said bilateral cooperation between the two countries has grown, especially since the referendums that changed Turkey's governing system to an executive presidency and paved the way for Britain's departure from the European Union.

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. He cited British-Turkish cooperation in defense industries as an example for more new ventures.

"We want to continue our economic relations as the governments of Turkey and the United Kingdom without interruptions after Brexit," Erdogan said before leaving Istanbul for London earlier Sunday. Erdogan also said he also would be discussing regional and international issues with May. 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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