UK-Turkey relations and Turkey's regional role - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents


Committee visit to Turkey, 30 October-3 November 2011

Participating Members: Richard Ottaway (Chair), Mike Gapes, Andrew Rosindell,
Frank Roy, Rory Stewart, Dave Watts


Monday 31 October

Embassy briefing led by HMA David Reddaway

Meetings with:

  • Mr Hasip Kaplan MP, Acting Deputy Chairman, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP)
  • Mr Egemen Bai, Minister of EU Affairs

Lunch with third-country Ambassadors and other diplomats, hosted by HMA David Reddaway

Meetings with:

  • Mr Metin Kilci, Under-Secretary, Energy Ministry
  • Dr Faruk Loolu MP, Deputy Chairman, Republican People's Party (CHP)

Dinner with academics, journalists and officials

Tuesday 1 November

Meetings with:

  • Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Mr Turul Trkeþ MP, member of the Board of Directors, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)

Tour of Anitkabir (Atatürk Mausoleum)

Meeting with Margaret Jack, Turkey Director, British Council, and British Council staff


Wednesday 2 November

Consulate-General briefing, led by Jessica Hand, Consul-General and Turkey Director, UKTI

Meeting with Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD)

Lunch with business representatives, hosted by UKTI

Meetings with:

  • Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV)
  • His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch

Dinner with academics, journalists and NGO/civil society representatives

Thursday 3 November

Meetings with:

  • Gerald Knaus, Chairman, European Stability Initiative
  • Global Relations Forum
  • Staff and students at Bahçeºehir University

Concluding lunch at with staff at Consulate-General

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