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Leigh Turner

Leigh Turner took up responsibilities as HM Consul General and Regional Director for Trade & Investment for Turkey, Central Asia and the South Caucasus on 10 September 2012. His blog is mostly about Turkey and the UK and what links us together.

Istanbul: bridges, tunnels, airports and – maybe – Olympics

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Two vast bridges spans a picturesque strait. Nearby, engineers are completing a rail tunnel which, like the bridges, will link Europe and Asia. A third bridge is under construction. A road tunnel is planned, together with a brand-new airport which, …

48 hours in Istanbul

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It’s after midnight on a Friday and I’m waiting at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport to meet FCO Europe Minister David Lidington off a late flight from London. The airport is packed with people as passengers pour into a city which for …

Britain in Turkey

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$56 billion of infrastructural investment opportunities. New airports, bridges, motorways, ports and healthcare opportunities running up to 2023. Top-level political support from the British and Turkish Governments. All this is the background to this week’s visit to Turkey by Deputy …