This will be the first visit of the Turkish President since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul by a team of Saudi agents in 2018.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that he will travel to Saudi Arabia next month. This is the first visit by a Turkish leader since 2018. Murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi In Istanbul.
After the brutal killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, the unstable relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia deteriorated significantly.
“They look forward to me in February. They made a promise that I will visit Saudi Arabia in February,” Erdogan said in a video posted on social media on Monday.
The comment is a response to Turkish exporters’ issues with Saudi Arabia during trade activities in Istanbul.
There was no immediate confirmation of the planned visit to Riyadh.
Kashuji, 59, is a journalist who wrote a column for The Washington Post and went to the consulate to obtain documents for his wedding with Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.
He was killed and mutilated at the consulate in a case that damaged the reputation of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman Although he strongly denied any involvement.
Khashoggi’s body was never found, Erdogan at the time Accuse senior Saudi officials Although he never named Crown Prince Mohammed.
The killing made headlines all over the world, Trial of several Saudi defendants It is currently being carried out in Turkey.
In the next few years, Saudi Arabia tried to informally put pressure on the Turkish economy, which had already suffered a currency crisis in 2018.
Some people called on Saudis to avoid visiting Turkey and buying properties there, while Turkish exporters complained about delays in Saudi customs in 2020.
Relations between the two countries have also become strained by other conflicts in the region, including the wars in Syria and Libya.
In addition, Riyadh and several other countries in the region have repeatedly accused Turkey of supporting “terrorist” organizations.
But for the past two years, Turkey has been seeking to repair relations with regional competitors including Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Last May, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Saudi Arabia This was the first time since Khashoggi was killed, and it marked the end of the long diplomatic winter between the two countries when the two sides announced their hope to restore relations.
The planned visit to Saudi Arabia comes at a critical moment in Turkey, as Erdogan’s unconventional economic policies triggered another currency crisis.
The relationship between Ankara and the United Arab Emirates also shows signs of reconciliation.
Last November, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed’s first high-level visit to Turkey since 2012 was in Ankara, during which the United Arab Emirates announced Multi-billion dollar investment in Turkey.