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Turkey, Saudi Arabia striving to increase relations

PoliticsTurkey, Saudi Arabia striving to increase relations

Ankara (Times Of Ocean)- The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are seeking to expand all kinds of relations to begin a new era.

“We paid a visit to Saudi Arabia upon the invitation of Hadimu’l Haremeyn,” or “the Servant of Mecca and Medina,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, referring to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

“As two brotherly countries with historical, cultural and human ties, we are striving to increase all kinds of political, military and economic relations between us and to start a new era,” said Erdogan on Twitter.

According to Erdogan, expanding cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the areas of health, energy, food security, agricultural technologies, defense, and finance is in the common interest of both countries. He also noted that both countries have a great deal of potential for collaboration in renewable and clean energy technologies.

Turkey attaches great importance to the security and stability of the Persian Gulf region, said Erdogan.

“We express on every occasion that we attach as much importance to the stability and security of our brothers in the Persian Gulf region as our own,” he said.

“We underline that we are against all forms of terrorism and that we attach importance to cooperation with the countries in our region against terrorism,” he added.

“I believe we will take our relations to a level beyond what they were previously,” said Erdogan, adding his visit during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan “will open the doors of a new era with our friend and brother Saudi Arabia.”

In Jeddah, King Salman received President Erdogan with an official ceremony Thursday evening.

They met behind closed doors at Al-Salam Royal Palace.

President Erdogan also met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

A two-day working visit by the Turkish president had just begun in Saudi Arabia.

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