Saudi-Turkish alliance the key to regional peace – PM Yıldırım

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman is to visit Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said, marking a possible improvement in ties between the two regional powers.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey found themselves on opposing sides of a spat this year in which a coalition of Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, sought to economically isolate Turkey's ally Qatar. Saudi has also been moving closer to Israel just as Turkey has been becoming more distant. This trip could be intended to mend ties between the two Sunni-majority states.

Yıldırım, on a visit to Saudi Arabia, said he and the Saudi prince discussed Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Israel, the ongoing civil war in Yemen and developments in Libya alongside issues related to the whole region, the Hürriyet newspaper said.

“We have discussed thoroughly regarding how we can improve our bilateral relations and in which areas we have an opportunity to carry out co-operation,” Yıldırım was quoted as saying. "We talked about the ways to improve our bilateral trade and cooperation in the defence industry.”

“I can say that our points of view are almost the same in terms of the ways to solve matters concerning us and the region."

He did not say when Prince Muhammad Bin Salman would visit Turkey.

Yıldırım also said that it is necessary for both countries to work together in all matters, as this is also very important in terms of regional and global peace.


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