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Britain hopes to foster good ties with Turkey

Britain hopes to foster good ties with Turkey


REUTERS
LONDON
BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May will try to foster good ties with Turkey before Brexit at talks with President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday in spite of human rights protests which threatened to cast a shadow over their meeting.
Erdogan's visit is part of May's charm offensive to shore up relations with countries outside the European Union as Britain leaves the bloc and secure at least the promise of future trade deals to bolster her all but stalled Brexit plans.
But rights campaigners say May is turning a blind eye to abuses, in Turkey's case to the jailing tens of thousands of people after a failed coup in July. Erdogan's government has said its actions are necessary to combat the threat it faces.
May's spokesman said Britain would raise human rights with Erdogan at the meeting."Our close relationship with Turkey allows us to have frank discussions and you can expect the prime minister to discuss human rights when they speak later today,"the spokesman told reporters.

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