Saudi Arabia, Turkey have identical views on regional conflicts

King Salman holds talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 15 February 2017
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Saudi Arabia, Turkey have identical views on regional conflicts

RIYADH: Ties between the Kingdom and Turkey are set to scale new heights as their interests align on key regional issues following talks between King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan here Tuesday.
The summit at Al-Yamamah Palace also focused on bilateral subjects covering political, security and commercial fields.
The talks ahead of the UN-sponsored Syria peace dialogue, have added significance in terms of efforts that have been directed to reach a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
“King Salman and Erdogan expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the first Turkish-Saudi Coordination Council meeting,” Turkish Ambassador Yunus Demirer told Arab News.
Demirer said the two leaders discussed key regional issues like Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iran besides bilateral security cooperation and terrorism.
President Erdogan had separate meetings with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif on Monday.
The Turkish president also held talks with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday in which they shared concerns and interests regarding developments in the region.
Demirer said the two leaders expressed “their desire to move forward” … and discussed security, combating terrorism, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Demirer added that the two leaders exchanged views on the most pressing issues on the regional and international agenda.
“There were no differences in our views,” said the envoy adding that the meeting with the crown prince focused “on combating terrorism and cooperation on security issues.”
He said it was a very successful visit to move forward after the Turkish-Saudi Coordination Council meeting. “The summit meeting was in way approval of the results of the joint council meeting by both heads of state,” he noted.
Last week the first meeting of the council, co-chaired by Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, took place in Ankara.
Syria was a focus point for the president during his meetings with top Saudi officials. On Monday in Manama, Erdogan called for a “safe zone” in northern Syria. The positions of Saudi Arabia and Turkey are “absolutely identical” on Syria, Al-Jubeir said last week in Ankara, after the joint council meeting.
On the sidelines of the visit, a few ministerial bilateral meetings were held. Al-Jubeir met here Monday night with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu, who is traveling with the Turkish president.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and work of the first session of the Saudi-Turkish Coordination. The meeting was attended by Saudi ambassador to Turkey Waleed Al-Khuraiji.
Erdogan wrapped up his two-day visit to the Kingdom on Tuesday evening and left for Qatar. Qatar hosts a Turkish military base.
Representatives of the two countries signed an agreement in the field of housing issues.


Jeddah airport decorated with Saudi flag to celebrate national day

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Jeddah airport decorated with Saudi flag to celebrate national day

JEDDAH: King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah marked the 88th National Day by decorating its entrances with the national flag, balloons and green lights. Airport employees also wore special scarves to highlight the occasion.
Director-General of King Abdul Aziz International Airport Essam bin Fouad Noor inaugurated the event in hall number one on Saturday evening, in the presence of government and operational sectors’ leaders and the airport’s department managers.
Noor said that the celebration of this important national event showed the magnitude of love for the country, and the airport’s management was keen on making early preparations to organize a celebration worthy of the occasion. The airport halls were decorated with the national flag and the color green, and gifts were presented to travelers, in addition to many events taking place in the halls, he added.
The event will continue for several days, Noor said, and the occasion would witness the participation of many airport operating agencies.
Noor congratulated King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, his deputy, the ruling family and the Saudi people on the occasion of the Kingdom’s 88th National Day, and prayed for the safety of the country and other Muslim countries.
The event included giving arriving and departing travelers roses and chocolate, distributing the Saudi flag and souvenirs dedicated for the occasion, and allocating a booth for a “national footprint” and “national selfie.”
The UN office for arts also participated, with the “thank you country” section presented by a number of children and people, in addition to shows and gifts carrying the colors of the Saudi flag.
The airport’s management organized the event under the supervision of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) with the participation of the following sponsors: Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudi Ground Services, Ports Projects Management and Development Company (PPDMC) and Airport Services and Air Transport Support Company (SAAS).