Turkey's Erdogan in United Kingdom, praises country as 'real friend'

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'Strong Tehran means strong Ankara': Turkey vows to maintain trade with Iran

Mr Erdogan said: "We want to continue our economic relations as the governments of Turkey and the United Kingdom without interruptions after Brexit".

The Turkish leader is scheduled to meet Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.

Under Erdogan, who survived an attempted coup in July 2016, Turkish authorities have sacked, detained or jailed hundreds of thousands of civil servants, soldiers, journalists and political opponents accused of having ties to suspected coup plotter Fethullah Gulen, or Kurdish militants.

Turkey attaches special importance to cooperation with Great Britain, he said at a briefing before his flight to London.

"Turkey has always defended the stance that issues regarding Iran's nuclear program should be resolved through diplomacy and negotiations and has made intensive efforts in this direction", the ministry said in a press release on its website. He cited British-Turkish cooperation in defense industries as an example for more new ventures.

Ankara and Tehran will continue their economic relations despite the U.S. leaving the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, according to Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci.

The Iranian President also pointed out that any new U.S. sanctions against Iran were contrary to global rules and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.

Topics include the latest developments in Cyprus, where Turkey and Britain both act as guarantors, and a "joint action plan" for the Middle East, especially Syria, Iraq and Iran.

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