Bilateral Political Relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia

Turkey has deep-rooted historical and cultural ties with Saudi Arabia and enjoys excellent relations in all fields based on friendship, fraternity, mutual respect and common interests. Being two important countries of our region and the Islamic world, Turkey and Saudi Arabia closely cooperate towards preserving regional peace and stability. Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia share the political will to further deepen their relations in all fields.

As a reflection of this common political will, high-level bilateral visits have recently intensified.

During the visit of the H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Saudi Arabia on 29-31 December 2015, the two countries decided to establish a high-level cooperation and dialogue mechanism in order to further deepen and diversify their bilateral relations. In this regard, during the visit of H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to Turkey on 11-14 April 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed, establishing the “Turkish-Saudi Coordination Council” mechanism under the leadership of Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The first meeting of the Turkish-Saudi Coordination Council was convened in Ankara on 8 February 2017 under the co-chairmanship of the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The establishment of the Turkish-Saudi Coordination Council constitutes a significant step towards institutionalizing the multidimensional relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as further deepening them in all fields.

The official visit of the H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 13-14 February 2017 further strengthened the momentum between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Binali Yıldırım visited Saudi Arabia on 27-28 December 2017. Prime Minister Yıldırım was received by H.M. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and met with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia also closely cooperate in multilateral platforms. In this context, cooperation at the level of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as well as at the High Level Strategic Dialogue mechanism that Turkey established in 2008 with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), stand out in particular.