Turkish Prime Minister visits Kingdom, lauds bilateral relations

March 20, 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed Saudi Arabia and Turkey’s common roles as regional powers, saying that the two countries provide models for other nations on how to contribute to world peace and to help solve regional economic problems. Addressing the 2011 Jeddah Economic Forum today, Prime Minister Erdogan expressed hope that Saudi-Turkish bilateral relations would expand, saying, “We have already cancelled [the requirement for] entry visas to businessmen from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and we are talking, similarly, with the Saudis in this regard. We will mutually cancel it, God-willing.” Furthermore, Prime Minister Erdogan praised the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s efforts to boost the culture of dialogue among followers of religions and his support for the peace process.

During his visit to the Kingdom, the Turkish Prime Minister also visited the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to offer prayers and was awarded an honorary PhD by Makkah-based Ummal Qura University in recognition of his distinguished efforts in the service of Islam.