Saudi Arabia and Turkey announce defense cooperation

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Saudi Arabia and Turkey signed key defense pacts on Tuesday following a visit to Ankara by the Saudi Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Prince Salman was met with Turkish defense minister Ismet Yilmaz.


Both officials "reviewed military cooperation relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them and discussed the latest developments at the regional and international arenas," the agency reported.

A statement from SPA said Prince Salman exchanged cordial talks and views with Datuvoglu "on the latest developments in the Middle East, including the position of each country on them and discussed aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in all fields."

The ceremony was attended by President Abdullah Gul of Turkey and Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Saudi minister of foreign affairs, among others.

Officials from both sides discussed outstanding bilateral relations and the latest regional and international developments.

Gul later held a luncheon in honor of the crown prince which was attended by members of the Saudi delegation and senior Turkish ministers.

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