ISTANBUL: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will go to Turkey on June 22, a senior Turkish official mentioned Friday, as Ankara and Riyadh transfer on from the 2018 homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
It’s Prince Mohammed’s first go to to Turkey for the reason that brutal killing of Khashoggi contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which shocked the world and dealt a heavy blow to ties between the 2 nations.
The main points of the go to will likely be introduced “over the weekend”, the official mentioned.
The 2 nations will signal a number of agreements through the journey, which is anticipated to be within the capital Ankara, however the location is but to be confirmed, the official added.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had already paid a go to to Saudi Arabia in late April, the place he met the prince earlier than travelling to Mecca.
The pair “reviewed the Saudi-Turkish relations and methods to develop them in all fields”, Saudi state information company SPA mentioned on the time.
Turkey already had strained relations with Saudi Arabia due to its help to Qatar through the Riyadh-led blockade on the Gulf state however relations have been frozen for 3 years after Khashoggi’s killing.
Saudi Arabia responded on the time with an unofficial boycott of Turkish imports, placing stress on Turkey’s economic system.
Now with excessive inflation and a cost-of-living disaster a 12 months earlier than a presidential election, Erdogan is in search of backing from Gulf nations.