Turkey supports Saudi-led cooperation against terrorism

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey will back Saudi-led Islamic cooperation against terrorism

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) arrives to attend a meeting with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir (R) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 29.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Turkey will ''support the Islamic cooperation initiative of Saudi Arabia to fight against terrorism.''

He also added that, Turkey will take part in all steps of this mechanism based in Riyadh.

Cavusoglu made these remarks during a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al Jubeir, which followed the talks between Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Cavusoglu added that Turkey will continue to stand in solidarity against terrorism and rising Islamophobia.

Meanwhile, Adil al Jubeir said that the two countries will establish a high-level strategic cooperation council to strengthen military and economic cooperation.

Thirty-four Muslim countries have agreed to form an "anti-terrorism" alliance to be headquartered in Riyadh on Dec. 15, according to the reports of the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The coalition was reportedly formed within the framework of a previous anti-terrorism agreement signed by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.

Along with Saudi Arabia, the coalition is consists of Pakistan, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Turkey, Tunisia, Djibouti, Sudan, Palestine, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania and Yemen, in addition to 13 African states.

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