Ankara set to boost ties with Riyadh after senior officials meet

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right) meets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia April 28, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

A day after his visit to Saudi Arabia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government was working to strengthen ties with Riyadh.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Erdogan said that Turkey and Saudi Arabia were interested in developing cooperation in different political, military and economic fields, and that his visit to the country would pave the way for the start of a new era in Ankara-Riyadh. reports.

“As two brother countries with historical, cultural and human ties, we strive to increase all kinds of political, military and economic relations between us and start a new era,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish President stressed that the two countries have common interests in different fields such as health, energy, food security, agricultural technologies, defense industry and finance.

“I think we will take our relations to a higher level than they were before,” Erdogan added.

Saudi King Salman received Erdogan Thursday evening at an official ceremony in the city of Jeddah. The two officials held a meeting behind closed doors, while Erdogan also met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Turkish president’s visit to Riyadh was the first in years and followed tensions between the two sides over the 2018 murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Ankara said Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing and the murder should be investigated in Turkey.

Erdogan’s visit marks the culmination of a push to drop a trial for Khashoggi’s murder.


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