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Turkey’s ambassador to the UK has hailed Britain’s document $20billion (£15.8bn) commerce quantity together with his nation and the talks going down to agree a free commerce settlement.

Osman Koray Ertas put out a video marking his first 12 months as President Recep Erdogan’s consultant in Britain revealing how following Brexit the UK’s relationship with its key ally has blossomed.

The ambassador mentioned: “There have been numerous high-level contacts. Our trade volume reached $20 billion and we announced the start of the negotiations for the free trade agreement.”

He famous how Turkey has maintained “close relationships” with the City of London.

Ertas mentioned: “The UK contributed to the financing of an important railway project in Turkey.”

The funding within the undertaking triggered some controversy after Rishi Sunak’s Government pulled funding for High Speed 2 to Manchester however it’s set to earn cash for each nations when it’s accomplished.

He additionally hailed the persevering with increase in tourism from the UK.

“As one of the world’s largest tourism destinations Turkey welcomed four million Britain’s in the last year,” the ambassador identified.

Ambassador Ertas additionally identified that in a world rocked by wars in Gaza and Ukraine, Britain’s strengthened relationship with Turkey has by no means been extra essential.

He famous how Turkey was one of many nations to again Mr Sunak’s first international summit on synthetic intelligence, a subject the place President Biden has acknowledged the UK is now main the way in which.

He mentioned: “AI and digital transformation will continue to be an important part of our joint agenda.”

The variety of Turks within the UK was jhighlighted in the truth that round 67,000 voted of their nation’s basic election in Britain final yr.

There was additionally a observe of gratitude from the ambassador for the UK’s assist in offering help for the dual earthquakes which hit his nation.

He mentioned: “I express my gratitude for the solidarity shown by the Royal family, government and all of British society following the twin earthquakes in my country.”

He additionally wished energy to the Royal household in the course of the “difficult times” wih the most cancers diagnosises for each King Charles and Catherine, Princess of Wales.