Erdogan Meets Crown Prince As Turkey and Saudi Arabia Try To Mend Ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday met with Saudi Arabia’s King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to develop the relations between the two countries which deteriorated since the 2018 killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a series of tweets, Erdogan said that Ankara and Riyadah have been making all out efforts to increase cooperation in different areas, including politics and economy. “We are about to open a new era in our relations,” Erdogan said.

“As two brotherly countries with historical, cultural and human ties, we are determined to increase our engagement,” Erdogan furthered.

Erdogan also said that Turkey and Saudi Arabia would increase cooperation in Health, energy, food, agriculture, defense, finance and other areas, which is in the mutual interest of the two countries.   

Erdogan also stated that Turkey attaches great importance to the security and stability of the Persian Gulf region, terming security in the region “in the best interest” of Turkey.

Erdogan also affirmed Turkey’s strong resolve in the fight against all forms of terrorism, and assured cooperation with the regional countries to fight threats.

Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for a two-day official visit for the first time since 2018, when Turkey called for prosecution of all those involved in brutal murder of the Washington Post columnist Khashoggi.

Erdogan had earlier said that the order to murder Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi officials, but has never specified any name. 

Turkey also transformed Khashoggi’s case to the Saudi’s court as part of its efforts to improve ties with the Kingdom. 

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