Turkey decorates Saudi king for close ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman shake hands during a ceremony at Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, April 11, 2016 (File Photo: AP)

Turkey has decorated Saudi Arabia’s King Salman with the country’s highest state medal in recognition of the close ties between the two countries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday bestowed the medal, saying the Saudi monarch had exerted “great efforts” to forge friendly ties since taking the throne.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are both strong supporters of the opposition forces in Syria and have been building strong military ties.

Turkey participated in military drills in Saudi Arabia this year. Riyadh has deployed warplanes at a Turkish air base as part of the anti-ISIS coalition.

Talks during the king’s three-day visit were expected to focus on Syria and other regional issues.

King Salman is scheduled to attend an Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul later in the week.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46