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Turkish president arrives on first visit to Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi killing

MEDINA: Turkish  President  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has arrived in Saudi Arabia for the first time since 2017 at the invitation of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.        

The Turkish  President will hold talks with  Saudi officials to discuss the resumption of bilateral relations. Apart from bilateral relations, important regional and international issues will also be discussed. 

“My visit reflects our shared desire to usher in a new era of cooperation between the two brotherly countries,” Turkish President Erdogan told a news conference before leaving for Saudi Arabia. “We will strive to usher in a new era of enhancing relations between the two countries in all areas, including politics, defense, economy, and culture,” he maintained.

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“It is in our common interest to expand our cooperation with Saudi Arabia in areas such as healthcare, energy, food security, agricultural technologies, defense industry, and finance,” he said.

Relations between the two countries were strained after the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. This month, a Turkish court ruled in favor of transferring the Khashoggi case to Saudi Arabia.

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