Turkish schools in Saudi Arabia to resume education, ministry says

Schools run by the Turkish Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia are expected to reopen soon, as the two countries attempt to restore relations.

In a statement, the ministry said schools will reopen as diplomatic contacts between Turkish and Saudi officials bear fruit.

Turkish Education Minister Mahmut Özer and his Saudi counterpart Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh discussed the issue on the sidelines of the Transforming Education pre-summit held in Paris from 28-30 June, the statement added.

Admissions and other procedures for the schools will begin shortly.

The activities of eight schools in the capital Riyadh and other provinces were phased out in 2020-21 by the Saudi government.

Relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have soured over the past decade, but the two countries are now looking to rekindle ties. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) visited Turkey for the first time in years in June for talks with Erdoğan as the two countries aim to normalize relations after several tumultuous years.

According to a joint statement, the leaders underscored the countries’ determination to usher in a new era of comprehensive cooperation in many fields. Ankara and Riyadh have decided to deepen consultation and cooperation on regional issues to enhance stability and peace.

The two leaders pledged to develop and maintain cooperation based on the “historic brotherhood” of the two nations for the future of the region. They also stressed the importance of increasing the number of flights between their two countries, facilitating bilateral trade and exploring investment opportunities.

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