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Turkiye, Saudi Arabia determined to start 'new period of cooperation'

In a joint statement following the talks between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the two countries said they discussed improving relations and investment in sectors from energy to defence among others.

Agencies and A News WORLD
Published June 22,2022

Turkiye and Saudi Arabia emphasized determination on a new period of cooperation in bilateral relations during talks in Ankara, as the two countries aim to fully normalize ties.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with an official ceremony in the capital Ankara.

According to a joint declaration, the leaders emphasized the countries' determination to start a new era of comprehensive cooperation in many areas.

Ankara and Riyadh decided to deepen consultation and cooperation on the regional issues to strengthen stability and peace, it said.

The two leaders vowed to develop and maintain cooperation on the basis of the "historical brotherhood" of the two nations for the future of the region.

Also, they highlighted the importance of increasing the number of flights, easing bilateral trade, exploring investment opportunities and transforming them into concrete partnerships.

Saudi Arabia expressed gratitude for Turkiye's support for Riyadh's candidacy to host EXPO 2030, according to the Turkish-Saudi joint declaration.

In late April, Erdoğan paid a two-day working visit to Saudi Arabia aimed at boosting bilateral ties.

During his visit, Erdoğan met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as well as the crown prince, and discussed various international, regional, and bilateral issues.

On his way back to Turkiye following his visit to Saudi Arabia, Erdoğan had said Ankara and Riyadh are determined to continue efforts for the common interests and stability of the region.

While negotiating with Egypt, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations, Erdoğan described these efforts as a "new era" for a process of making friends and not enemies.