Armağan Kabaklı reports: Plastic waste imported from Britain is being burned in Turkey's southern Adana, risking soil pollution and destruction of natural resources. While footage of the province shows piles of plastic waste, a recent report by the BBC followed the journey of British plastic to the Turkish city.
Turkey is in talks with the UK for the creation of a “travel corridor” to welcome British tourists from July, the Financial Times reported. A Turkish government official told the newspaper that the agreement with the UK is close and that a provisional date for the restart of travel between the two countries has been set for July 15.
Turkey's swap negotiations with many countries are continuing and reports of deals reached with Japan and the United Kingdom are not true, state-run Anadolu Agency cited Treasury and Finance Ministry officials as saying on May 19. Turkey has been in talks to establish swap lines with members of G20, with more than one swap line possible, the country's Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said early May.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has appealed to foreign allies in an urgent search for funding, three senior Turkish officials told Reuters. Treasury and Central Bank officials have held bilateral talks in recent days with counterparts from Japan and the United Kingdom on setting up currency swap lines, and with Qatar and China on expanding existing facilities
British Ambassador says unusable Turkish medical gowns came from a private supplier not from the gov’t
British Ambassador Sir Dominick Chilcott said that news about personal protective equipment (PPE) from Turkey failing the UK's safety controls were untrue. The ambassador said that a small portion of gowns from a private supplier had failed, but that these goods had nothing to do with Ankara's gift of PPE to the UK in April.
Some 400,000 gowns sent from Turkey to the United Kingdom amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic failed to meet UK standards, as inspectors found the gear was "useless." UK officials inspected the gowns and discovered faults that rendered them too dangerous for use by NHS staff. Senior NHS sources suggested problems had been found with the type of material used and the length of the sleeves.
Two Turkish nationals, one living in Austria and the other in the U.K, have died from the novel coronavirus. One of the victims was a 28-year-old woman who was suffering from chronic kidney disease and was also a diabetic patient. The other victim was a 55-year-old male.
Turkish President Erdoğan on March 17 held a teleconference with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain. The quartet summit discussed the Syria crisis and migrant issue as well as joint action against coronavirus, Turkish presidency said.
Turkey has exempted citizens of 11 European countries from tourist visas for visits under 90 days and no more often than once every 180 days. The exemption will be applicable for tourist travel and transit passage.
The United Kingdom will prioritize signing a free trade agreement with Turkey by the end of 2020, Ambassador to Turkey Dominick Chilcott said at the fourth UK Technology Conference held in Istanbul on Feb. 17. London will use its newfound "freedom to maneuver" in trade to create free trade policies and free ports around the country, and will impose new tariffs to promote free trade.