The 80-year-old king Salman received a lavish welcome as he arrived in Turkey on Monday to discuss bilateral ties expansions on a two-day tour of country.
According to the local media reports in Turkey, king Salman arrived in the country following a week of intense preparations in Ankara.
The arrangements include extraordinary security measures as well as other lavish arrangements marking the king’s two-day visit upon the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The windows of the 450-square meter King Suite in the JW Marriot in Ankara have been covered with bullet-proof glass while the walls of the suite have been covered with bomb-resistant cement, according to the local Hurriyet Daily newspaper.
The report further added that a team of 300 Saudi officials arrived there a few days ago to coordinate private preparations.
According to reports, the estimated cost of the accommodation arrangements will be $10 million as the hotel has been booked for the king for three days.
All personal belongings and other necessities were transferred to Ankara in cargo planes, while around 500 luxury cars have been rented for the king’s meetings in Ankara and Istanbul, according to Hurriyet Daily.
The report also added that vehicles have been rented from provinces across Turkey including Antalya and Adana to fulfill this demand. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES