Wednesday June 22, 2022

VIDEO: New era in ties begin as Prince Mohammed and Erdogan meet in Ankara

VIDEO: New era in ties  begin as Prince Mohammed and Erdogan meet in Ankara

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Prince Mohammed Bin Salman review a military honour guard during a welcome ceremony in Ankara on Wednesday. AP

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years on Wednesday for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at fully normalising ties. Erdogan said talks with Prince Mohammed would focus on advancing Turkish-Saudi relations to a "much higher degree.”

The Saudi Crown Prince’s convoy arrived at the presidential palace complex escorted by Turkish mounted honour guards. Erdogan welcomed Prince Mohammed at the presidential palace in Ankara with a ceremony and the two shook hands and embraced, before being met by members of the Turkish cabinet. There are no public statements scheduled after their talks.

In a joint statement following the talks between Prince Mohammed and Erdogan, the two countries said they discussed improving relations and investment in sectors from energy to defence among others.