January 28, 2017 / 1:54 PM / in a year

Turkey's Erdogan says he discussed defense industry cooperation with UK's May

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Britain discussed steps towards defense industry cooperation on Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said after a meeting with visiting UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, January 28, 2017. Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

In a statement to reporters, Erdogan said he hoped to boost annual trade with Britain to $20 billion from $15.6 billion now. Erdogan also said an important step between the two countries would be taken on Turkey’s TF-X fighter jet project.

May, who on Friday became the first foreign leader to meet new U.S. President Donald Trump, is pushing to expand Britain’s trade relations with countries outside the European Union in preparation for its exit from the bloc in about two years’ time.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by David Dolan; editing by Mark Heinrich

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