Vice Foreign Ministers from Saudi Arabia and Turkey meet in Riyadh
Waleed Al-Khuraiji, the Kingdom’s deputy foreign minister, welcomed Burak Akcapar and invited him to speak with him about international and regional issues that both parties find important.
The conference, which included Fatih Ulusoy, Turkey’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, also sought to find methods to improve bilateral cooperation in a number of fields.
Akcapar also paid a visit to the Gulf Cooperation Council’s General Secretariat in Riyadh, where he chatted with Dr. Abdulaziz Aluwaisheg, the assistant secretary-general for political and diplomatic matters, and Jassem Albudaiwi, the GCC’s secretary-general.
Albudaiwi stressed the importance of fostering Gulf-Turkish collaboration in all areas and enhancing the GCC and Turkey’s strategic partnership. Significant regional and international concerns and problems were also discussed by both parties.
The framework agreement on economic and technical cooperation and the memorandum of understanding for the strategic dialogue, both of which were signed by the two parties in 2005, were highlighted by Albudaiwi and Akcapar as areas of mutual interest.
Albudaiwi underlined that the 155th meeting of the GCC Ministerial Council decided to undertake joint sessions and to reopen negotiations between the two parties.
The third ministerial conference of the strategic dialogue, held in Kuwait in 2010, endorsed the joint action plan between the GCC and Turkiye and asked for additional meetings between the joint technical teams that were established within its framework. All parties were keen to choose a time for the sixth such meeting, Albudaiwi continued.