In Turkey visit, Britain’s May highlights trade, and human rights – Reuters

By Elizabeth Piper and Tulay Karadeniz

ANKARA British Prime Minister Theresa May signed a $125 million fighter jet deal with Turkey on Saturday 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.

May, in Turkey a day after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, avoided criticizing 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…

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