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Saudi Minister of Defense Visits Turkey to Discuss Joint Relations

Saudi Minister of Defense, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his accompanying delegation arrived today, Tuesday, in capital of Turkey, Ankara, on an official visit.

Upon his arrival at Esenboga International Airport in Ankara, His Highness was received by His Excellency the Chairman of the Turkish Defense Industries Authority, Professor Khaluk Gurgun, and a number of senior officials.

During the visit, the minister will hold a number of meetings to discuss bilateral relations, enhance joint cooperation between the two countries, and discuss issues of common interest.

Last February, Deputy Turkish President, Cevdet Yılmaz, emphasized boosting tourism cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Tourism development is an important driver of growth for the future of  both Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoys vibrant and diverse tourist destination with a rich heritage and warm hospitality. On the other hand,  Turkey’s tourism is focused largely on a various historical sites, and on seaside resorts along its Aegean and Mediterranean Sea coasts.

Yılmaz noted a significant 70% surge in Saudi tourists visiting Turkey in 2023. He said the the number reached around 830,000. Yılmaz held discussion with Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib. Their talks centered on increasing the flow of Turkish visitors to Saudi Arabia.

Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia reached a consensus on the importance of evaluating tourism opportunities and enhancing economic cooperation. It is worthy to note that Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister, expressed hope for a significant influx of one million Saudi tourists in Turkey by 2024.

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