(ANSA) – ISTANBUL, 22 JUN – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (Mbs) will make an official visit to Turkey today to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
This was announced by Anadolu according to which Mbs will be received at the presidential palace in the capital Ankara by Erdogan with a ceremony at 16:30 local time (15:30 in Italy), talks will follow between the two leaders and between Saudi delegations and Turkish officials while not press conferences are planned.
Today’s visit is part of the normalization process of relations between Ankara and Riyadh that started last year and led the Turkish head of state in April to make an official visit to the kingdom to meet the monarch Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud beyond that the same Mbs.
In recent years, relations between Ankara and Riyadh had become complicated due to the different positions of the two countries on the embargo on Qatar in 2017 by some Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia. The crisis in relations opened explicitly, however, in 2018 following the killing of the Saudi journalist, and critic of the kingdom, Jamal Khashoggi inside the Consulate of Riyadh in Istanbul. A CIA report highlighted a role in the MBS murder and Ankara strongly criticized Riyadh. After 4 years, in April, a court in Istanbul decided to close and transfer the Khashoggi murder trial to Saudi Arabia which saw 26 Saudi citizens accused in absentia of having played a role in the reporter’s murder. (HANDLE).