Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Turkey on June 22, a senior Turkish official said Friday, as Ankara and Riyadh move on from the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
It is Prince Mohammed’s first visit to Turkey since the brutal killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which shocked the world and dealt a heavy blow to ties between the two countries, the AFP reported.
The details of the visit will be announced “over the weekend”, the official said.
The two countries will sign several agreements during the trip, which is expected to be in the capital Ankara, but the location is yet to be confirmed, the official added.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had already paid a visit to Saudi Arabia in late April, where he met the prince before travelling to Mecca.
The pair “reviewed the Saudi-Turkish relations and ways to develop them in all fields”, Saudi state news agency SPA said at the time.
Turkey already had strained relations with Saudi Arabia because of its support to Qatar during the Riyadh-led blockade on the Persian Gulf state but relations were frozen for three years after Khashoggi’s killing.
Saudi Arabia responded at the time with an unofficial boycott of Turkish imports, putting pressure on Turkey’s economy.
Now with high inflation and a cost-of-living crisis a year before a presidential election, Erdogan is seeking backing from Persian Gulf countries.