Turkey’s air force on Monday began five days of air defence exercises with Saudi Arabia, the Turkish military said, as the two countries forge an increasingly tight alliance on Syria.
Six Saudi F-15 fighter jets will take part in the air defence training in the central Turkish region of Konya, the military said in a statement.
The exercises are within the framework of cooperation and military training between the two countries and had been scheduled in advance, it added. They will last until Friday.
But the start of the exercises comes just two days after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Saudi jets would be based at Turkey’s air base of Incirlik in Adana province to fight Islamic State (IS) militants. Read more