| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

Erdogan: Our Relationship with Saudi Arabia Will Rise to Distinguished Levels

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said relations with Saudi Arabia will rise to a very distinguished level in various fields. He addressed boosting ties during his talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, during his visit to Jeddah last week.

In statements he gave after performing Eid al-Fitr prayers at a mosque in Istanbul on Monday, Erdogan noted that there are very positive developments in the Gulf region.

He added that his visit to Saudi Arabia and his meeting with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed will have a positive impact on the relations of the two countries, which he stressed will witness great development in various fields, especially tourism.

“I am confident that the visits of our Saudi brothers to Turkey will increase even more,” he remarked.

Erdogan stressed that Saudi-Turkish relations will rise to a very distinguished level in several fields.

“We discussed this issue during bilateral talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” he emphasized.

The Turkish president pointed out that the influx of Saudi tourists will contribute to boosting tourism in Turkey, expressing his optimism that this year’s season will be very good.

In previous statements, Erdogan described his visit to Saudi Arabia as “successful,” and considered it the beginning of a new phase in relations between the two countries.

He revealed that Turkish-Saudi relations in all its aspects were reviewed with the Saudi leadership.

Erdogan noted that views were exchanged regarding regional and international issues. Joint steps to develop relations in the next stage were also discussed.

He pointed out that the Saudi and Turkish officials discussed means of cooperation in the defense industries, increasing investment and trade, restoring momentum in trade between their countries, removing customs obstacles, and encouraging investments and projects that can be undertaken by Turkish contractors.

“We agreed with Saudi Arabia to reactivate the great economic potential through events that bring together investors of the two countries,” said Erdogan.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat