ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a uncommon telephone name for the reason that killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, mentioned methods of enhancing ties with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, his workplace stated.
The telephone name got here on the eve of the G20 leaders’ summit hosted by Riyadh on Saturday and Sunday.
Erdogan and the Saudi king mentioned bilateral relations through the telephone name and exchanged views on the G20 summit, the Turkish presidency stated late on Friday.
The Turkish chief is because of handle the summit by way of video hyperlink at 1300 GMT.
“President Erdogan and King Salman agreed on keeping channels of dialogue open in order for the bilateral relations to be enhanced and for issues to be settled,” it added.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia have lengthy competed for supremacy within the Muslim world however the tensions between the 2 regional powers have intensified for the reason that 2018 homicide of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi on the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate.
The case has sparked a global outcry and tarnished the worldwide fame of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman referred to as MBS.
Khashoggi was strangled and his physique lower into items by a 15-man Saudi squad contained in the consulate, in response to Turkish officers. His stays haven’t been discovered.
Erdogan has stated the order to homicide Khashoggi got here from “the highest levels” of the Saudi authorities however has by no means immediately blamed Prince Mohammed.
In September, a Saudi court docket overturned 5 demise sentences issued after a closed-door trial in Saudi Arabia that ended final 12 months, sentencing them to twenty years in jail as an alternative.