The visit will be the first Turkish President since the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 by a group of Saudi allies in Istanbul.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to travel to Saudi Arabia next month, the first Turkish leader since 2018. assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.
Rocky’s relationship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia deepened after the brutal assassination of Khashoggi inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.
“They were expecting me in February. They promised and I will go to Saudi Arabia in February,” Erdogan said in a video posted Monday.
The remarks came in response to a question about exports to Turkey and Saudi Arabia in addition to a trade fair in Istanbul.
There was no immediate confirmation of the planned trip from Riyadh.
Khashoggi, 59, was a reporter for The Washington Post and went to the embassy to obtain a marriage certificate from Turkish actress Hatice Cengiz.
He was assassinated and cut off from the ambassador in a case that tarnished the image of the Saudi prince. Mohamed bin Salman although he vehemently denied any involvement.
Khashoggi’s remains were never found, and Erdogan at the time criticized Saudi officials though he did not name Crown Prince Mohamed.
Fraud has become a major issue around the world and a case of several Saudi opponents currently taking place in Turkey.
In the years that followed, Saudi Arabia sought to impose on Turkey’s economy by chance, which had a financial crisis in 2018.
There have been calls for Saudis to refrain from going to Turkey and buying goods there as Turkish retailers complain about the delay in Saudi customs in 2020.
Relations between the two countries have also been strained by the ongoing conflict in the region, including the Syrian-Libyan war.
In addition, Riyadh, along with several other countries in the region, has repeatedly accused Turkey of backing “terrorist groups”.
But Turkey has been seeking to improve relations with rivals in areas such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia over the past two years.
Last May, Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was in Saudi Arabia for the first time since Khashoggi’s assassination, marking the end of the winter embassy between the two countries, both sides announce at the time that they hope to mend fences.
The planned trip to Saudi Arabia comes at a time of great turmoil in Turkey, suffering from another financial crisis due to Erdogan’s non-financial policies.
Relations between Ankara and the United Arab Emirates are also showing signs of solidarity.
For the first major trip to Turkey since 2012 last November, the Abu Dhabi Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed was in Ankara when the United Arab Emirates announced. billions of dollars in Turkey.