MESOP TODAY: BYE BYE AMERICA / WELCOME ERDOGAN – Saudi Crown Prince: ‘Riyadh is Keen on Boosting Strategic Partnership with Ankara’
Said Abdul Razzak – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Arab News – 1 Oct 2016 Asharq al Awsat – Ankara, Riyadh- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed depth of relations that link his country with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Erdogan stressed that boosting bilateral relations in all fields helps in providing many opportunities for both countries’ citizens. The Turkish President’s confirmations were made as he was addressing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who was granted “Medal of the Republic of Turkey.”
This medal is one of the highest honors conferred on foreign heads of state, presidents and prime ministers for their contributions in promoting bilateral relations. Erdogan, who received the Saudi Crown Prince in the presidential palace in Ankara on Friday, said: Your majesty’s visit to Ankara during this critical time sent a strong message of Saudi solidarity with Turkey.”
The Turkish leader also thanked Saudi King Salman’s government for its stance towards Ankara following the July failed coup. For his part, the Crown Prince also expressed his gratitude over Turkey’s “warm welcome,” “generous hospitality” and Erdogan gifting him a medal. He considered the medal as a symbol representing “deep rooted friendship and brotherhood” between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
“Turkey is a brotherly country for us. We always consider seriously that there should be strong and joint work between us because we actually need each other,” the Crown Prince said.As the Crown Prince left Turkey, he sent a cable to the Turkish Premier Binali Yildirim. “This visit has put at our avail a chance to discuss bilateral relations, in all fields, in a way that emphasized our mutual keenness on moving together ahead and in fostering strategic relations, and it underscored significance of continuous coordination and consultation on issues of mutual interest to best serve the two countries and peoples,” the Crown Prince said.
He wished the premier steady good health and happiness and the Turkish people permanent advancement and prosperity. http://english.aawsat.com/2016/10/article55359448/saudi-crown-prince-riyadh-keen-boosting-strategic-partnership-ankara