Turkish FM in Riyadh, first visit since Khashoggi case

Cavusoglu to meet his counterpart, new détente after Egypt

10 May, 14:55

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, MAY 10 -Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday and Tuesday will visit Saudi Arabia in the first official trip by a member of Ankara's government since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. During a meeting with his counterpart in the Kingdom, prince Faysal bin Farhan bin Abdullah El Saud, "bilateral relations will be discussed and points of view on regional issues will be exchanged", according to the Turkish foreign ministery.

    The mission comes after the phone call last week between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman.

    The talks are expected to focus on various causes of tension that have emerged over the last few years, including an informal boycott of Turkish products and the closure of several schools managed by Ankara in the Kingdom. The mission is part of efforts of the Turkish government to rebuild relations with several countries in the region, after the start of the normalization process with Egypt, where last week the first Turkish government visit took place since the ouster in 2013 of president Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brothers backed by Erdogan.(ANSAmed).

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