Saudi Arabia’s and Turkey’s deputy foreign ministers meet in Riyadh


Riyadh – Burak Akcapar was greeted by Waleed Al-Khuraiji, the deputy foreign minister of the Kingdom, for discussions on regional and global matters of mutual concern.

The conference, which included Turkey’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Fatih Ulusoy, also looked for ways to increase the two countries’ collaboration in a number of areas.

Akcapar also paid a visit to the Gulf Cooperation Council’s General Secretariat in Riyadh, where he spoke with Jassem Albudaiwi, the secretary-general of the GCC, and Dr. Abdulaziz Aluwaisheg, the assistant secretary-general for political and diplomatic issues.

Albudaiwi emphasised the significance of developing Gulf-Turkish cooperation in all spheres and strengthening strategic engagement between the GCC and Turkiye.

Both parties also spoke on significant regional and global problems and issues.

Albudaiwi and Akcapar emphasised areas of shared interest under the framework agreement on economic and technical cooperation and the memorandum of understanding for the strategic dialogue, both of which were signed by the two parties in 2005.

Albudaiwi emphasised the GCC Ministerial Council’s decision to hold joint sessions and to restart talks between the two parties during its 155th session.

The joint action plan between the GCC and Turkiye, which was endorsed at the third ministerial conference of the strategic dialogue, held in Kuwait in 2010, called for more meetings between the joint technical teams that were constituted within its framework.

Albudaiwi added that all parties were eager to decide on a time for the sixth such meeting.

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