RIYADH: Bahrain and Saudi Arabia agreed on Tuesday to strengthen “joint action” to reduce Iranian and Turkish interference in the Gulf.
The announcement came as Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad held talks with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Manama.
During the meeting at Riffa Al-Zahir Palace, Prince Salman and Prince Faisal discussed regional and international developments, the Saudi foreign ministry said.
Prince Faisal and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani then chaired the first meeting of the Political Coordination Committee that was created by the Saudi-Bahraini Coordination Council.
“The two sides agreed to strengthen joint action that would reduce Iranian interference and expansionist Turkish interventions in Gulf and Arab countries,” the ministry said.
They said they would make clear positions on “bilateral and international issues of concern to both sides” and do more in the interest of security and stability for the two kingdoms.
They also agreed to strengthen coordination to curb the spread of extremist ideology among young people.