First King Since 1966 Ends Official Visit

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday held a final round of talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul before leaving for Jeddah at the conclusion of his three-day

First King Since 1966 Ends Official Visit

The king later arrived in Jeddah and was received at the airport by Crown Prince Sultan, Prince Miteb, minister of municipal and rural affairs, and other senior princes and high-ranking officials.

Saudi and Turkish officials were upbeat yesterday about King Abdullah's successful three-day state visit to Turkey and said the royal visit, which saw the signing of six landmark agreements aimed at taking bilateral political, economic and cultural relations to greater heights.

King Abdullah, who was accompanied by senior Cabinet members and a large number of prominent businessmen, wrapped up his visit on Thursday after addressing a meeting of Saudi and Turkish businessmen in Istanbul. The king used the opportunity to welcome more Turkish companies to the Kingdom to carry out vital projects. Turkey's strongest investments in Saudi Arabia are in the construction industry.

Saleh Kamil, a prominent Saudi businessman and chairman of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said King Abdullah's visit would provide a big boost in developing Saudi-Turkish trade relations.

"The presence of King Abdullah at the Istanbul meeting will play a significant role in pushing forth joint economic work between the two countries," said Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Turkish Ambassador to Riyadh Ugur Dogan was also bullish about the visit.

"Turkish government officials and the public are very happy to see the historic visit concluding successfully, which has, in fact, heralded a new era in our bilateral ties," Dogan told Arab News. "King Abdullah's visit to Turkey shows that the two very important regional powers had linked up now to face regional and international challenges and to stand side by side in hours of need."

The king went on a Thursday-evening tour of the Istanbul-based OIC Research Center for Islamic History, Arts and Culture (IRCICA), which was once headed by the current OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. The IRCICA is an international institution working in the fields of research, publishing, documentation and information. Its mandate covers the whole range of studies and works about Muslim nations, their history, arts and other subject areas.

"By means of these activities, IRCICA aims at studying and better introducing Islamic culture and civilization throughout the world and boost cooperation to promote mutual understanding between Muslims and other nations," said IRCICA chief Khalid Aren. This research facility will now receive more Saudi researchers following the archive agreement signed in Ankara on Tuesday, he said.

During the visit to the research center, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and senior officials accompanied King Abdullah. A special documentary was also shown to the king and his entourage featuring the activities of the research center, which has rare historical documents, manuscripts and photos.

Many of the manuscripts and photos of the Two Holy Mosques of Makkah and Madinah, Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque preserved at IRCICA are rare and have great historical and Islamic value. One of the main research projects, set out by IRCICA, is aimed at assessing the translations of the Holy Qur'an in all languages and publishing their catalogs.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16