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King Salman welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (SPA)

Dammam- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Sunday at Al-Salam Palace, where they showcased bilateral ties and discussed developments in the region and efforts to combat terrorism and sources of its funds.

Erdogan’s visit to the kingdom falls within his Gulf tour that aims at contributing to containing the Qatar crisis.

He also met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah on Sunday, before heading to Kuwait – his second stop in his Gulf tour that also includes Qatar.

The Turkish president’s visit to the region represents a new ring in a chain of international mediation aimed at curbing tension.

Prior to his arrival to Jeddah, Erdogan stated in a news conference in Istanbul that “No one has any interest in prolonging this crisis anymore.”

“Saudi Arabia has a big role to play in solving the crisis, he noted, adding that King Salman leads the figures capable of resolving the problem.

Erdogan expressed his support to the mediation by Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah and called on other countries in the region and the world to follow his example.

Since the beginning of the crisis, Ankara has been in an attempt to play the mediator role among various parties but it seems to be clearly biased to Qatar – Turkey is an ally of Qatar and has sent some cargo planes and ships to Doha as well as nearly hundred soldiers to a military base that is being established in Qatar.