RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Turkey agreed on the need to set up a “strategic cooperation council” to strengthen military, economic and investment cooperation between the two countries, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Tuesday.
“The meeting produced a desire to set up a high-level strategic cooperation council between the two countries,” Al-Jubeir told a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart
He made the announcement after talks in Riyadh between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
Al-Jubeir also said that the council will deal with security, military, economic, trade, energy and investment between the two countries.
King Salman earlier received President Erdogan at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, also took part in the meeting.
SPA said the two leaders discussed the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, as well as developments in Libya and Yemen.
Al-Jubeir also said that the killing of prominent Syrian opposition leader Zahran Alloush, the commander of Jaysh Al-Islam group, in an airstrike last week does not serve the peace process in Syria.
“We believe that assassinating Zahran Alloush or fighting leaders who had supported a peaceful solution and fight Daesh in Syria does not serve the peace process in Syria,” Jubeir said at the news conference.