Dialogue with Saudi: Erdogan

Dialogue with Saudi: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey’s dialogue with Saudi Arabia will continue. Ankara hopes that the two countries’ relations will continue to move forward with specific steps. The report comes from the country’s state-run news agency Anadolu Agency.

Erdogan returned to the country on Wednesday after a visit to the United Arab Emirates. “We will continue to have positive talks with Saudi Arabia,” he said. Hopefully this will continue through visible steps in the coming days.

“We are in favor of moving the dialogue forward. The Saudis must also agree on this.

Last January, Erdogan said he would visit Saudi Arabia in February. Neither country has yet confirmed when that visit will take place. Meanwhile, Erdogan arrived in the UAE.

According to Saudi media reports, the last contact between Erdogan and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz was in March 2021. Then in a phone conversation they talked about strengthening bilateral relations.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated in 2016 after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khasogi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkey then tried to improve relations.

In an interview last month, Erdogan said without naming names that he (the Saudi king) had invited me. I can go to Saudi in February.