Blog: Trade boom! Turkey hails trade boom with Brexit Britain as Truss visits – Express

Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, opened his official remarks by pointing out how trade with the UK has surged since Brexit.

He said that it is now worth $20 billion and is expected to grow further.

Mr Cavusoglu said: “The UK is now the third biggest trade partner after the USA and Germany and we are very keen to increase our trade.”

He described UK/ Turkey relations as “sincere and very close” noting that President Erdogan and Boris Johnson regularly speak by phone.

Ms Truss was in Ankara primarily to dicuss the war in Ukraine where she accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “weaponising hunger”.

Britain and Turkey are at the hear tof Nato efforts to insure that Ukrainian grain can get out of the Black sea region to ensure the war does not lead to famine in Africa and other parts of the world with Ukraine the major supplier.

But answering questions Ms Truss, who was previously International Trade Secretary, said she believes the British Turkish relation will go from strength to strenth with trade and security.

She said: “It was a priority for me to visit Turkey because Turkey is a key strategic partner of the UK.

“We are having discussions on a great trade deal.”

Ms Truss highlighted that the deal would increase trade in services, agricultral products and manufacturing.

She also highlighted the “huge potential” in energy manufacturing especially working on nuclear modules and wind power.

“Everybody has faced uncertainty over energy supply,” she added noting that it was one of the consequences of the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The two countries are also understood to have discussed Nato expansion with 

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