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Business Above All? 1974–2008

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Between the end of the Second World War and the early 1970s British diplomacy in Turkey had slowly adjusted to peace and then settled down to business as usual. At the end of this period, however, mounting concern in Britain about the balance of payments prompted two further investigations into the diplomatic service to emphasise the need for it to achieve significant economies and also to give much higher priority to commercial work. The Turkish official undertook immediately on signature to inform frontier posts that British trucks should continue to enjoy the lower tax rate; this was obviously an important practical point. The Ankara embassy grew because drugs and illegal immigrants were major issues in Turkey. Indeed, in 2003 it was identified by the Foreign Office as one of its 'principal' posts in the campaign against them.

Keywords: Ankara embassy; British diplomacy; drugs; illegal immigrants; Second World War; Turkey



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