The Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir revealed yesterday that the talks held by the Saudi and Turkish delegations during the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu’s visit to Saudi Arabia touched on addressing Iran’s aggression towards countries in the region and its lack of respect for the principles of good neighbourliness.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz held official talks with Davutoglu in Riyadh yesterday and they discussed the strengthening of relations between the two countries and regional and international developments.
Al-Jubeir said during a press conference that he held with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Riyadh that they also discussed the establishment of a strategic coordination council between Saudi Arabia and Turkey and the details of joint cooperation. He also stressed that Saudi Arabia supports Turkey’s position on defending its territories as it deems appropriate.
Al-Jubeir mentioned that the joint council between Riyadh and Ankara is related to ways to fight terrorism militarily and the political coordination of positions on important issues in the region, especially in light of corresponding views on Syria, Iran, Yemen and Iranian intervention. The council will also deal with trade, ways to develop the people of both countries, economic prosperity and issues related to medicine, education and research.
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu demanded that Iran retreat from its sectarian stance against countries in the region and added that Turkey opposes sectarianism and supports the position of Saudi Arabia and will work with it to strengthen relations in a constructive manner in the future.
In a related context, Cavusoglu expressed Turkey’s desire to normalise relations with Egypt and his hopes that the Egyptian leadership would respond positively to Turkey. The Turkish foreign minister welcomed Saudi Arabia’s efforts to unite the views of the two countries and its suggestion of a number of ideas with regards to this.