2006 News Story

King Abdullah begins state visit to Turkey

  Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer welcomes King Abdullah at Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz arrived in Turkey today for a three-day state visit. It is the first visit by a Saudi king to Turkey since King Faisal traveled to Istanbul in 1966. As part of the visit, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are expected to sign key agreements including accords on duties, trade and transport.

King Abdullah and his delegation, which includes Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal and chief of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, were met at the airport in Ankara today by Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul.

Following his arrival, King Abdullah held talks with Turkish President Ahmed Sezer at the presidential palace. The talks dealt with bilateral relations, increasing trade, as well as economic and cultural cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The two leaders also discussed the situations in Lebanon and Palestine and agreed on the necessity for a cease-fire to protect innocent civilians. In addition, talks touched on the situation in Iraq, the rights of Muslim minorities in Europe, the role of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Cyprus and the international counterterrorism cooperation.