Monday, 16 September 2019 06:51 GMT

Turkey- Turks Saudis eye deeper ties with King Salman's visit

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Turkey and Saudi Arabia will seek to further deepen bilateral relations on the occasion of Saudi King Salman’s two-day visit to Ankara which will observe the meeting of a high-level strategic cooperation council with the participation of a number of ministers from both sides.

Accompanied with a very large delegation Salman is expected to arrive inAnkarato pay his first official visit to Turkey on April 11 upon the official invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoan. After concluding meetings in Ankara the Saudi delegation will move to Istanbul to attend the 13th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit which will take place on April 14 and 15.

The two leaderships are expected to review ongoing cooperation in the number of different fields including trade and the economy as well as to coordinate mutually concerning foreign policy issues.

With Salman coming to Turkey after concluding a trip to Egypt it’s believed that strained Ankara-Cairo relations will also be on the agenda as Erdoan had already commented that the Saudi leadership was pressing on both sides to reconcile their relations. Egypt will also be present at the OIC summit at the foreign minister level.

Another top issue will be the ongoing unrest in Syria as both sides share a similar line that requires the toppling of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia deployed four warplanes to Turkey’s ncirlik Air Base in recent months to actively participate in the international efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Salman and Erdoan are expected to evaluate recent developments in the field as the cessation of hostilities continues in Syria amid U.N.-led efforts to reach a political settlement to the problem. Both countries support the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other Arab armed groups as the main military ground forces fighting ISIL and the regime.

A delegation composed of 300 Saudi officers has been inAnkarafor the last week to prepare all protocol requirements to provide a comfortable stay to the king inAnkaraand Istanbul. Hundreds of luxury cars have been hired for the service of the Saudi delegation while the Marriott Hotel was fully booked by the Saudi leadership for three nights.

Turkey- Turks Saudis eye deeper ties with King Salman's visit

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