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Turkey, Saudi Arabia to enhance collaboration on Syrian crisis

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, Jumada Al-Ualaa 18, 1438, February 15, 2017) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a high profile official visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday accompanying Foreign Minister Mevelut Cavousoglu, Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar and business leaders. President Erdogan was warmly welcomed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia at the Riyadh airport. The President was on a four-day visit to three Gulf States the Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Tuesday welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at an official reception in Saudi capital Riyadh.

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The reception ceremony took place in Riyadh’s Al-Yamamah Palace, where King Salman formally received Erdogan after which the two leaders reportedly spoke over lunch.

According to Saudi and Turkish media reports, President Erdogan discussed with King Salman on regional stability, economy and mutual cooperation in number of fields.

The Saudi government is looking for ways to diversify its economy to escape its oil dependence, particularly after the recent low oil prices dragged down the country's economy.

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Turkey is seeking solution to Syrian crisis and stability of the region. Erdogan, keeping in mind a concrete solution of Syrian refugees, emphasizing for a "safe zone" in northern Syria. Turkey and Turkish-backed forces in Syria closely working to make sure a durable ceasefire between Syrian army and Free Syrian Army to focus on removing Daesh elements along with Turkish-Syrian border and other areas.

Last week, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in Ankara that the positions of Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Syria are "absolutely identical."

Erdogan pushing efforts and aims to bring Gulf states within a cooperative framework to solve the Syrian crisis.

During Erdogan visit, Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

They reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and works of the 1se session of the Saudi-Turkish Coordination Council which was held in Ankara. They also discussed the latest regional and international developments.