Saudi King Salmane Abdel Aziz on Thursday evening welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to an official ceremony in djeddah.
Following the reception at the Royal Palace "el salam ", Erdoğan held a closed-door bilateral meeting with the Saudi king.
The Turkish president was accompanied by his wife emine Erdoğan, Interior Minister Süleyman SOYLU, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar , Justice Bakr Bozdag, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, treasury and finance minister Nour-eddine Nebati.
He was also accompanied by Culture and Tourism Minister Mohamed Nouri Arsawi and Trade Minister Mohamed Mush, as well as AKP Vice President Ben Ali Yildirim, Intelligence Chief Hakan Vidan and Head of the Presidential Liaison Department Fakhreddine Alton.
First official visit since 2018:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, the Turkish presidency announced, on his first official visit to the country since 2018.
The visit came at the invitation of Saudi King Salmane bin Abdul Aziz to turkish President , after years of strained relations between the two countries over differences over several stories.
The Turkish president, whose plane landed at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in the western city of Jeddah, was greeted by The Emir of Mecca, Khaled al-Faisal.
Prior to Erdoğan's departure for Saudi Arabia, he had earlier told reporters at Istanbul's Ataturk airport that Turkey and Saudi Arabia would usher in "a new era to strengthen bilateral relations, indicating his intention to work to restore relations with Saudi Arabia to a better stage than before, and to increase Turkey's cooperation with Saudi Arabia in areas such as health, energy, food security, agricultural technologies, defense industry and finance.
Erdoğan stressed that Turkey "strives to ensure regional peace and solve problems through dialogue and diplomacy," and said, "I think we will strengthen our relations in all fields through our joint efforts," noting "the common potential, especially in renewable and clean energy technologies."
He revealed that regional and international developments will be on the agenda during his visit, noting: "On every occasion we express as much concern for the stability and security of our brothers in the Gulf region as we do for our security."
Source: Anadolu Agency.
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