Saudi Crown Prince to visit Turkey

The Crown Prince’s visit to Ankara comes after his successful participation in the UN General Assembly session and his meetings in NewYork with a number of world leaders. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, will visit Turkey on Sept. 29-30, a Saudi Gazette news report has revealed.

During the two-day visit, the Crown Prince is expected to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and senior government officials on ways to fight terrorism, means to further deepen the bilateral relations and cooperation in all fields.

The Crown Prince’s visit to Ankara comes after his successful participation in the UN General Assembly session and his meetings in NewYork with a number of world leaders. He is also expected to meet leaders of top Turkish companies to augment trade between the two countries and also seek their participation in investments in the Kingdom.

Dr. Mustafa Goksu, senior adviser at the Investment Support and Promotion Agency at the Turkish prime ministry, said the Turkish government would also discuss with the Crown Prince the signing of a free trade agreement between Turkey and GCC states.

He said that the Turkish government would announce by the end of this year new incentives and facilities to encourage Saudi and Gulf businessmen to invest in the country. It is noteworthy that more than 700 Saudi companies have investments of more than $2 billion in Turkey.

Earlier this month, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir visited Ankara where he held talks with his Turkish counterpart. In a joint press conference with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Jubeir said that Riyadh has “similar stance” with Turkey regarding Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

He said stances of Turkey and Saudi “fully coincide with each other regarding Syria, Iraq or Yemen, including terrorism.” Jubeir also extended his “thanks” to Ankara’s “supportive stance in terms of pilgrimage.”

Cavusoglu expressed his appreciation for Saudi’s support to Ankara following the failed coup in Turkey when a rogue military faction tried to oust the Turkish president from power on July 15.

The article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on September 26, 2016

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