Top commander pays landmark visit to Saudi Arabia

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 Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel departed today for a formal visit to Saudi Arabia, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced on its website.

Although no further statement was provided on the TSK’s site, news reports said the three-day visit was the first visit to Saudi Arabia by a Turkish chief of General Staff in the last two decades.

According to the same reports, Özel will hold talks during the visit with Hussein al-Kabil, the Saudi military chief of staff, and Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the country’s deputy prime minister and defense minister, who was named as crown prince in June.

Additionally, Özel will visit some military facilities, the reports said, noting that a second high-level delegation will travel to Riyadh at the same time as Özel for the first meeting of a joint military committee between the two countries.

 

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