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Saudi Arabia to host Turkish, Egyptian, Pakistan leaders

King Salman will be busy this week, with the leaders of three regional states scheduled for talks in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia to host Turkish, Egyptian, Pakistan leaders

Saudi Arabia is expected to host three leaders in separate visits this week.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan already is in the kingdom and plans to perform Umrah in Makkah before heading to Riyadh for talks with King Salman, Arab News said.

Turkish media have reported the discussions would see the leaders reach agreement on “their differing policies in the region and seek a new realignment”.

King Salman also is scheduled to again meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sissi to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues. It will be President El Sissi’s second visit in as many months as he gains support from the wealthiest Arab nation amid unrest in his own country as well neighbouring Libya.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also is due to visit the kingdom on Tuesday to discuss various bilateral and regional issues, including counterterrorism.

Pakistan has suffered several fatal attacks in recent months, including a school massacre that killed 145 people on December 16.

President Sharif also is facing ongoing protests against his leadership, led by former cricketer Imran Khan.

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