President Cevdet Sunay of Turkey arrived in Britain today (Wednesday) on a seven-day State Visit -- the first visit by a Turkish Head of State for 100 years.
President Cevdet Sunay of Turkey arrived in Britain today (Wednesday) on a seven-day State Visit -- the first visit by a Turkish Head of State for 100 years. The President and his entourage of 21 was met at Gatwick Airport, near London, by Princess Alexandra representing Queen Elizabeth, who was later on hand to greet the President when the arrived from the airport by train at London's Victoria Station.
President Sunay's entourage includes his wife and the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mr. Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil. The visit is seen largely as a display of the good relations between Turkey and Britain, which are linked in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the Central Treaty Organisation (CENTO). Only the briefest talks are expected to be held between the Turkish officials and their British counterparts.
After his arrival at Victoria Station, the President rode with Queen Elizabeth in a Royal Coach to Buckingham Palace. The headed a procession of horse-drawn coaches flanked by mounted soldiers of the Queen's Guards wearing uniforms of scarlet and gold. The President and his wife will be guests at the Palace, the London home of the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, during their stay in London.
Rain marred the procession through London, but members of the city's Turkish community turned out in force in spite of the rain. A State Banquet in honour of the Turkish leader and his wife was held tonight at Buckingham Palace.