Turkey, UK ink jet deal, flag more trade

Turkey, UK ink jet deal, flag more trade

British Prime Minister Theresa May has signed a $US125 million ($A165 million) fighter jet deal with Turkey and briefly cautioned Ankara on human rights following last year's failed coup, in a visit squarely aimed at boosting trade between the NATO allies, SBS reports.

May, in Turkey on Saturday a day after meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington, avoided criticising his sweeping ban on people from certain countries seeking refuge in the United States.

She visited both countries for the first time as prime minister, promoting trade deals that would strengthen her hand in talks to leave the European Union.

Speaking to reporters at the presidential palace in Ankara alongside President Tayyip Erdogan, May called Turkey one of Britain's oldest friends and touched on human rights, a sore point for Erdogan, who accuses the West of not showing enough solidarity following a July 15 military putsch attempt.

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