Top commander pays landmark visit to Saudi Arabia
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
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.