Saudi King Visits Turkey: Protocol of 500 Lavished Cars and a Bomb Proof Hotel
ANKARA: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud arrived in Ankara April 11 against this backdrop, with a large entourage of aides, for two days of talks with Erdogan and Davutoglu on regional issues, with the focus expected to be mostly on Syria.
These talks also come immediately before the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul later this week to be hosted by Erdogan. Salman will travel to Istanbul from Ankara to attend the summit.
King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud is set to stay in two Turkish cities, Ankara and Istanbul, and for his movement in these cities Turkish government has arranged five hundred sophisticated vehicles such as Mercedes, BMW and Audi cars.
King is staying in a 450 square-meter suite in Ankara’s five star hotel. Interestingly, bullet proof windows further reinforced by bomb-resistant cement at a cost of $10m have also been installed at the suite.
Moreover, King’s personal luggage is also said to have been transported to Turkey through cargo planes.
Prior to arrival of Saudi monarch, around 300 Saudi officials, including King’s personal guards, had arrived in Ankara to make arrangements of his accommodation and oversee the security issues.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally reached at Ankara Airport to welcome Salman bin Abdul-Aziz. Erdogan, reportedly, traveled to the airport without any presidential protocol.
A special contingent of Turkish armed forces also presented Salman bin Abdul-Aziz with guard of honor at the airport.
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