ANKARA - Relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as Iraq and Palestine issues were discussed during Turkish FM Abdullah Gul`s meeting with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Saud Al Faysal at Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia agree that solution of Palestinian issue should have a priority because progress in this issue will help solution of other problems in the Middle East.

Gul and Faysal also took up recent developments in Iraq.

Diplomatic sources said that both Turkey and Saudi Arabia attach importance to protection of territorial integrity and political unity of Iraq. Sources noted that both countries agree that ethnical clashes in Iraq should stop rapidly.

Another issue which was high on the agenda of the meeting was the initiative of Turkey for the meeting on Iraq`s neighboring countries. Saudi officials strongly support this initiative.

Initiatives continue for a new neighboring countries meeting to be held on high-level officials in the end of February and on ministerial level within March.

Iraq, in the beginning of February, had invited its neighboring countries to such a meeting which is planned to be held in March in Baghdad.

Iraq had invited Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Arab League, Organization of the Islamic Conference and UN to the meeting.

The 9th meeting of Iraq`s neighboring countries on foreign ministers level was held in Tehran, Iran in July.

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