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HRH Prince Abdul-Aziz visits Department of International Relations

On January 5, 2012, HRH Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President of the Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development (AGFUND) visited Bilkent University, Department of International Relations. The Prince was hosted by a group of undergraduate students taking the course Turkish Foreign Policy and the course instructor, Dr. Hasan Ali Karasar. In his speech, the Prince mainly focused on the Arab Spring and stated that the Arab Spring is a consequence of years of authoritarianism, low payments, and limitations on the freedom of speech. He also underscored the importance of bilateral relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia and called for carrying relations to a higher level in terms of trade as well. The Prince also highlighted the importance of strengthening civil society cooperation in the fields of education, culture and science. As a final remark, HRH Prince Abdul-Aziz specified that he welcomes the increasing role of Turkey in the Middle East.