British Secretary of State for defense in Turkey
Turkey's national defense minister thanked the United Kingdom for extending support to Turkey's European Union membership bid, Anadolu Agency reported.
Vecdi Gonul met with British Secretary of State for Defense Liam Fox and an accompanying delegation who are currently paying a formal visit to Turkey.
Gonul told a joint news conference following the meeting in Ankara, "we had the chance to review defense industry and military cooperation between Turkey and the United Kingdom. We agreed that we should further develop our cooperation and turn it into tangible projects."
Referring to economic relations between the two countries, Gonul said that Turkey-United Kingdom trade volume was expected to increase up to 15-20 billion USD.
British Secretary of State for Defense Fox, on his part, described Turkey as a friend, ally and partner of the United Kingdom.
He said that they would continue extending unconditional support to Turkey's European Union membership bid.