Saudi Arabia, Turkey establish high-level cooperation council

Saudi Arabia and Turkey announced Tuesday the estbalishment of a high-level Strategic Cooperation Council between the two countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The announcement came after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz held talks with visting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Riyadh.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir was quoted by the agency as saying that "the council will be interested in many matters, including security, military, political, economic, trade and investment fields as well as energy, education, cultural affairs, medicine and other fields."

The council will be run by the foreign ministers of the two countries with participation from other ministries, institutions and sectors, according to Jubeir.

The council aims to create what Jubeir said would be "a qualitative leap" in already strong relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey "to serve the interests of the two countries and the two peoples, and contribute to achieving security, stability and prosperity in the region," Jubeir said.

The talks between the Saudi monarch and the Turkish president were attended by senior Saudi officials, including the kingdom's crown prince, deputy crown prince, and ministers of finance and foreign affairs.

"The talks addressed bilateral relations, means of enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields, and the developments in regional and international arenas," the Saudi agency reported earlier.

The two leaders discussed the mechanisms of action by the 34-nation Islamic coalition to fight terrorism announced by Riyadh earlier this month.

Jubeir stressed that that the views of the two countries were identical in various political and security issues faced by the region, and praised the Turkish stand in supporting the Islamic coalition to fight terrorism.

The two-day visit by Erdogan is his third to the kingdom this year.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are major backers of rebels fighting to oust the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Last update: Sat, 02/01/2016 - 08:03

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