Saudi Arabia, Turkey confirm mutual stands on Syria, Iran

RIYADH, Jan 31 (KUNA) — Saudi Arabia and Turkey reaffirmed mutual positions towards a number of issues in the region, including the Syrian crisis, Iraq, and Iran’s interferences in the regional countries’ affairs.
The two countries affirmed their stands during a joint press conference held Sunday in the Saudi capital between Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The two senior officials addressed reporters on their talks they held earlier, discussing a number of regional issues, bilateral relations, and the joint Saudi-Turkish coordinating council, set for establishment soon.
The two countries support the Syrian opposition, whether they decided to participate in the Geneva negotiations or not, Al-Jubeir said, noting that the Syrian opposition received written guarantees from the UN on implementing resolution (2254).
On Russian planes’ violations of Turkish airspace, the Saudi minister reiterated the Kingdom’s support of Ankara’s right to defend its territories in the most appropriate way.
For his part, Cavusoglu reiterated his country’s support of the Saudi efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, which broke out in March 2011, stressing the importance of a ceasefire and deliver the humanitarian aid to the needy in Syria.
He also confirmed Turkey’s keenness in building normal ties with Moscow, noting that this is not possible to achieve unilaterally, and that his country will take action if Russia continue to violate Turkish airspace.
The Turkish minister, accompanying his Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on a state visit, also stressed the importance of fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS), demanding Iran to stop interfering in the region countries’ interior affairs, and its bids to incite sectarian conflicts.
On Turkish-Saudi commercial ties, Cavusoglu expressed Ankara’s aspiration to increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries to over USD 20 billion. (end) od.ma