Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday that they were determined to carry relations with Saudi Arabia to the highest level.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Saud al-Faysal bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud in Ankara, Davutoglu said that Al Saud paid high importance to the friendship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is one of the most important countries in the region for regional peace. Relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have a deep rooted base. I am pleased to work with Al Saud. I had a chance to listen to his thoughts on the region and was pleased to notice that our perspectives resembled each other, Davutoglu stressed.
Our two countries are present in the G-20 and have important status in the United Nations (UN). Saudi Arabia will become a member of the UN Security Council in the term 2014-2015. We work together in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Davutoglu said.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia are involved in peace projects, including the inter-faith dialogue and the alliance of civilizations, Davutoglu said.
Political consultations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have speeded up. The Turkish-Saudi Arabian Forum is currently holding a meeting in Riyadh. We have signed crucial agreements with Saudi Arabia, Davutoglu said.
We have signed a military cooperation agreement. Our Defense Minister will visit Saudi Arabia in March. There is great potential for cooperation in the fields of transportation, energy, commerce, and construction. Our trade volume has reached 5.5 billion USD. Al Saud has made a proposal to strengthen cooperation between the private sectors of both countries. We have issued directives to our experts to make all possible efforts to further develop Turkish-Saudi Arabian relations, Davutoglu said.
I will pay a visit to Saudi Arabia in March. We will once again handle certain issues within the frame of the meeting of Yemen's Friends. We are determined to carry our relations with Saudi Arabia to the highest level, Davutoglu also said.