King Salman hosts official dinner for Turkish President Erdogan at royal palace

The Turkish president arrived in Riyadh on Thursday in the first visit since 2017

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for a two-day official visit, ending months of efforts to renew relations with Middle East and Gulf states.

The presidency said Mr Erdogan will discuss Ankara's relations with the kingdom in meetings during the trip, as well as ways to increase co-operation.

On his arrival in Jeddah, Mr Erdogan was received by King Salman and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Al Salam Palace.

An official reception ceremony was held for him, where the national anthems of the two countries were played.

King Salman then accompanied Mr Erdogan to the main reception hall of the Royal Court.

He welcomed his guest and his high-level delegation to Saudi Arabia. Mr Erdogan expressed his happiness to visit the country and meet King Salman and Prince Mohammed.

King Salman hosted an official banquet to honour Mr Erdogan, which was attended by members of the Saudi royal family, and members of the Turkish Cabinet and parliamentary representatives.

Updated: April 29, 2022, 7:01 AM