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Saudi King Salman seeking friendlier relations between Turkey and Egypt

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, 15 Jumada I, 1436, 06 March 2015) The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud playing a key role to unify Ummah as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most respected country among Muslim nations. Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan recent visit to Riyadh was full of Saudi foreign diplomacy as King Salman seeking friendlier relations between Turkey and Egypt.

 Turkish daily Hurriyet quoted President Erdogan as saying "Saudi Arabia of course wants Turkey to make up with Egypt on high-level.

“Of course they want this, but there is no insistence,” he said, in response to a question about whether Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman had made any moves to mediate a solution to the ongoing rift between Ankara and Cairo.

Erdogan’s meeting with King Salman came day after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi held talks with the monarch in Riyadh.

Turkish-Egyptian relations have been chilly since Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi’s ouster by el-Sisi in 2013. While Cairo accuses Turkey of interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs and of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey denounces the el-Sisi for overthrowing an elected government through undemocratic means.

Erdogan said he expressed the Turkish government’s reservations about the Egyptian government to the Saudi king during their meeting. However, he also acknowledged that we can never neglect Egypt’s presence, underlining the importance of the north African country for regional stability and peace.

“Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. This trio is made up of the most important countries in the region. There are duties falling to all of us for the peace and welfare of the region. If all countries realize what falls to them, I believe we will yield results more easily,” Erdogan said.

He also sought to brush off claims that Ankara’s rocky ties with Cairo were having a negative impact on its relations with Saudi Arabia.

“The real important issue for us is elevating Turkey-Saudi Arabia relations to a better level. The Egypt issue shouldn’t cast a shadow on our relations with Saudi Arabia, he said.

Erdogan said Saudi Arabia’s stance on almost all countries at the region, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Libya, overlapped with Turkey’s approach, with the exception of Egypt.

Analysts in middle east suggested that King Salman is making full efforts in bringing Muslims leaders close which will be surely fruit full as role of Riyadh cannot be avoided in regional peace and economy. IS group is also a common matter of grave concern for all Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt. Some analysts beleive that Saudi role of mediation can bring number of state on the same page of struggle to deal with the crisis.

Unlawfull mass arrest of political workers and unilateral court proceedings in Egypt causing uncertainty not only in the country but also around the region. Leaders of Islamic world looking at Riyadh to play a more active foreign policy.

Prior to Turkish President Erdogan. Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and leaders of other Arab countries such as Qatar, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates visited Riyadh. Pakistan`s prime minister Nawaz Sharif also paid a three day visit to Saudia Arabia just after the Turkish Presient.