Saudi Arabia–Turkey relations

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Saudi Arabian–Turkish relations
Map indicating locations of Saudi Arabia and Turkey

Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabian–Turkish relations refer to the current and historical relationship between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The countries enjoy a friendly economic relationship.[1] The former has an embassy in Ankara and a consulate–general in Istanbul; while the latter has an embassy in Riyadh and a consulate–general in Jeddah. Both countries are full members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

According to a 2013 Pew global opinion poll, Turks hold the most negative view of Saudi Arabia out of any surveyed Muslim country, with 26% expressing a favourable view and 53% expressing an unfavourable view.[2]


The Ottoman Empire controlled the Hejaz region of modern Saudi Arabia, for nearly 400 years along with other provinces in the region. Also, the ottomans had conflicts with Emirate of diriyah the first Saudi state which resulted in the ottoman-wahhabi war. Many Saudi leaders were executed in Istanbul or killed during the war.

Modern history[edit]

The relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia was established since 1932, after the creation of the new Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As both two countries belong to Sunni Islam sect, therefore, relationship between both is considered friendly.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Saudi Arabia/Turkey: Turkish Trade Minister commends Saudi-Turkish relations International Islamic News Agency, 8 February 2010
  2. ^ Saudi Arabia’s Image Falters among Middle East Neighbors Pew Research Global Attitudes Project

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