Watch as Boris Johnson announces he is the proud owner of a Turkish washing machine on his official trip to Turkey


Boris Johnson went on what could be described as a charm offensive on his first official trip to Turkey as Foreign Secretary.

The former Mayor of London made the proclamation about his "beautiful, very well functioning Turkish washing machine" during a joint press conference in Ankara, the Turkish capital, with Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik.

Just to put his latest comments in perspective, it's worth noting Johnson caused controversy in May by writing a vulgar poem in which he implied Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had sexual relations with a goat. He was awarded a £1,000 prize by the Spectator for the poem.

Boris Johnson shakes Presdient Erdogan's hand
President Erdogan didn't look over the moon to see Johnson, who has Turkish heritage (Kayhan Ozer/AP)

After Johnson's appointment as Foreign Secretary by Theresa May back in July, Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim told the BBC: "May God help him and reform him. And I hope he won't make any more mistakes and tries to make it up with the Turks."

Perhaps his washing machine diplomacy will have done the trick.