Erdogan Visits Riyadh to Improve Turkey-Saudi Ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced he will pay a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia to meet with the Kingdom’s leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and  discuss ways on enhancing ties between the two countries.

Erdogan will visit Saudi Arabia on April 28-29 at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, his office said in a statement.

“All aspects of the relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be reviewed,”  explained the statement, which also said that both the leaders would exchange views on the regional and international issues.

The meeting came after months of efforts by Ankara to repair ties with Kingdom, which reached a breaking point after the 2018 assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabi’s Istanbul Consulate.   

Relations between Ankara and Riyadh further worsen edafter Turkish government demanded for Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and other officials to be prosecuted in relation with the Khashoggi’s brutal murder.

Turkey had recently suspended the trial in absent of 26 Saudis accused in the murder of Khashoggi and transferred the case to the Saudi Arabia in order to remove one of the biggest obstacles which seriously damaged relations between the two countries.

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