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Saudi King Salman congratulate President Erdogan on Turkey`s return to normality

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, Shawwal 13, 1437 AH, 18 July 2016) Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud today telephoned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of the Republic of Turkey, to congratulate him on Turkey s return to normality and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia s welcome of the prevalence of security and stability in brotherly Turkey under his leadership and the Turkish government s continuation in exercising its business. 

 

According to Saudi Press Agency, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his sincere feelings and keen interest in what is happening in Turkey, praising the distinguished relations between the two brotherly countries. 

 

During the conversation, Saudi King Salman offered his condolences to Erdogan and the Turkish people for the losses suffered in Friday’s failed coup, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking with the media.

 

Voicing Saudi Arabia’s support for Turkey’s democratically elected government, King Salman said the peace, stability, and security of Turkey is important for the entire region, Anadolu Agency reported.

 

Erdogan thanked the monarch for his support, while Salman said they stand in full solidarity with Turkey.

 

Friday night, rogue military elements attempted to overthrow Turkey’s democratically elected government by force. Before the coup was defeated, around 160 people were martyred in the ensuing violence.

 

The failed coup is said to have been organized by followers of U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of pursuing a long-running campaign to overthrow the government through infiltrating the Turkish state, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming the so-called “parallel state.”

 

Some 2,839 military personnel involved in the coup attempt have been arrested, and 20 pro-coup soldiers, including some senior officers, were martyred in the attempt to overthrow the government.

Turkey accuses Gulen of being behind the coup and called for him to return to Turkey to face justice.