Ankara (Times Of Ocean)- The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara and Riyadh have demonstrated a commitment to developing bilateral relations at the highest level.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists on the presidential plane returning from Saudi Arabia that Riyadh and Ankara are committed to continuing their cooperation in the interests of the region’s stability.
“I believe my visit will herald a new era in the ties between our two countries. We have demonstrated our common will to enhance ties on the basis of mutual respect and trust, most clearly and at the highest level,” he said.
Both countries and the region will benefit from joint bilateral efforts, Erdogan said.
He discussed various international, regional, and bilateral issues with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his two-day trip to Saudi Arabia.
“We focused on the joint steps we can take to improve our relations in the future … I reiterated our support for the security and stability of Saudi Arabia,” said Erdogan.
Turkey also attaches great importance to the security and stability of the Persian Gulf region, he added.
He added that Ankara and Riyadh agreed to bring together business people and investors from the two countries.
Turkey will support Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Riyadh, the Turkish president announced.
Relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have deteriorated in recent years, but both countries are now seeking to improve relations.
Turkey has also been negotiating to normalize relations with Egypt, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.
Erdogan said that making friends instead of enemies is the way forward, and that ties should be improved with countries with whom “we share the same values and beliefs.”
Turkey has a decisive role in regional relations with Egypt and Israel, and by cutting ties, it will lose nothing.
“Turkey has a policy on Israel, and that is also possible with Egypt,” Erdogan said, adding that positive results indicate steps can also be taken at a higher level.
Erdogan said the elimination and loss of extremists is a “win for the entire world.” President Emmanuel Macron won a second term, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Penne in the second round of voting.