Saudi Crown Prince to meet Turkish President in Ankara


Saudi Crown Prince to meet Turkish President in Ankara

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Last updated June 17, 2022 at 5:44 a.m. MDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Ankara on Wednesday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed the official visit after Friday prayers. He said they would discuss advancing Turkish-Saudi relations to a “much higher degree”.

The crown prince’s visit to Turkey would continue a rapid thaw in relations after it broke following the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

Without ever naming Prince Mohammed, Erdogan said the operation that killed Khashoggi was ordered by the “highest levels” of the Saudi government. Turkey had an open case against 26 Saudi suspects in absentia, but the prosecutor transferred the case to Saudi Arabia earlier this year, paving the way for their rapprochement.

Erdogan visited Saudi Arabia in April for the first time in five years.

The Associated Press

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