Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul yesterday. King Abdullah arrived in Turkey August 8 for a three-day official visit, the first by a Saudi King since 1966.
In remarks at a state dinner following the talks, Prime Minister Erdogan warned that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has extended to Lebanon, and called on the international community to stop the bloodshed immediately. “Humanity cannot stand still before this fire,” he said.
During his address, King Abdullah thanked Erdogan for his comments. “Lebanon is our brother (country) but you have not left anything for me to talk about (further) because you are a Turkish Muslim who cares about Lebanon and Arab issues and I thank you for what you have said about it because you have said it on behalf of me, you and the Turkish and Saudi people,” the King said.
King Abdullah also said that Turkey’s strategic location between East and West lends it an important role in promoting dialogue among civilizations, and noted Turkish efforts to support the Palestinian people, reach a just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and promote the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
Yesterday, King Abdullah arrived in Istanbul from Ankara, where Saudi Arabia and Turkey signed six bilateral agreements, including: a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral political consultations between the two foreign ministries; a protocol of cooperation between both countries’ archives; an agreement on the promotion and protection of mutual investment; an agreement to avoid dual taxation; a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in health care; and a transportation accord.