This handout photo released by the Turkish presidential press service on April 28, 2022 shows Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (left) speaking with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (right) during their meeting in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah. (MURAT KULA / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / AFP)
RIYADH – Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, the Saudi Press Agency reported on early Friday.
It is in our joint interest to boost our cooperation with Saudi Arabia in such areas as healthcare, energy, food security, agricultural technologies, defense industry and finance.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President
"My visit reflects our joint will to start a new era of cooperation as the two brotherly countries. We will be making efforts in order to start a new era of enhanced relations between our two countries in all respects including politics, military, economy and culture," Erdogan said.
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"It is in our joint interest to boost our cooperation with Saudi Arabia in such areas as healthcare, energy, food security, agricultural technologies, defense industry and finance. It seems that we have significant potential particularly in renewable and green energy," Erdogan said.
The relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia significantly strained after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkish officials alleged that Khashoggi was killed by a team of Saudi agents.
Ankara has been recently seeking to restore ties with Riyadh and other Gulf Arab countries.