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Turkish FM: Turkey aims to deepen ties with Saudi Arabia

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Turkey aims to deepen ties with Saudi Arabia in all aspects, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said according to a prepared text of his speech to parliament on Wednesday.

The text of the speech also said that Turkey is cooperating closely with the United States, the European Union and other parties to curb the negative impact of US sanctions on its relations with Iran. He also said that Turkey was making efforts to get the US Congress to abandon proposed bills aimed at Ankara.

The US Senate is demanding that sales of F-35 fighter jets be banned for Turkey unless President Donald Trump confirms that Ankara does not threaten NATO to buy defense equipment from Russia or detain US citizens.

In his speech’s text, Cavusoglu also said Turkey is working to ensure that economic ties with the US would not be affected by political issues.