ANKARA, 8 August 2006 Saudi Arabia and Turkey are all set to enter into a new era of political and economic relations with the historic three-day visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to Ankara, beginning today. The secular character of Turkey will not be an obstacle on the way of forming a strategic partnership between Riyadh and Ankara, said Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal. Ankara is preparing to roll out the red carpet for the king and his entourage. Turkish officials were busy the whole day making elaborate arrangements for the royal visit. Turkish International Trade Minister Kursad Tuzmen told Arab News yesterday that the focus of the visit is to strengthen international ties with seven agreements lined up to be signed during this visit. The visit will be the first by a Saudi king in 40 years and is expected to open a new chapter in bilateral relations, Prince Saud said in statements published yesterday. The prince said the accession of Turkey to the European Union would help the West have a better understanding of the Islamic world and contribute to resolving many issues. I believe that Saudi Arabia and Turkey can play a joint role at regional and international levels to reinforce world peace and stability. Saud said both sides have the will to strengthen political, economic and military ties.[/b] (...) (...) http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=85090&d=8&m=8&y=2006 7 Agreements will be made. One of them militarily. And Saudi-Arabian Foreign ministry speaks of "strategic partnership".