I assumed my duties in Riyadh as the Ambassador of Turkey to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 22 December 2017.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia share close relations, based on deep-rooted history, cultural and social connections. The cooperation that exists in all fields between our two countries is the natural consequence of the brotherhood of our nations that share a common history and identical values. Furthermore, the frequency of the high-level visits between Turkey and Saudi Arabia reflect the level of our relations. Our Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia, which was launched shortly after the commencement of my duties, has given a significant impetus to our bilateral relations.
In recent years, the relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have grown, intensified and reached the level of “strategic partnership.” Furthermore, cooperation between Turkey and the Kingdom is very important for the security and stability of the region, and serves international peace.
Our economic and commercial relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is growing fast. The annual trade volume between the two countries exceeds 5 billion Dollars, while not reflecting the real potential.The value of projects undertaken by Turkish construction companies in Saudi Arabia during the last few years reached 15 billion Dollars, and in return, the volume of Saudi direct investments is about 2 billion Dollars. The number of Saudi tourists who have visited Turkey is more than 600,000. We are only pleased with the growing interest on the part of the Saudi people towards Turkey.
We need the support of our dear citizens and Saudi friends in order to further improve Turkish-Saudi relations. I am fully confident that our citizens, whom we consider as our cultural envoys to the Kingdom, will not hold back from providing the same kind of support and contribution they have always given to our Embassy.
Your opinions and suggestions mean to us, and I would like to confirm that the doors of our Embassy and Consulate in Jeddah will be open as they have always been.
On behalf of the Embassy members, I would like to present our sincere greetings to our dear citizens and Saudi friends.