- Saudi Arabia’s King Salman telephoned Turkey’s President Erdoğan on Friday.
Both the leaders discussed to boost ties and solve conflicts via dialogue ahead of the G20 summit in Riyadh.
- Saudi Arabia has been engaged in an informal boycott of Turkey for the past year.
The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud agreed in a phone call on Friday to boost bilateral ties and solve outstanding disputes via dialogue.
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“President Erdoğan and King Salman agreed to keep channels of dialogue open to improve bilateral ties and overcome issues,” the Turkish presidency said in a statement, adding that the two leaders also discussed the G20 summit.
— Turkish Presidency (@trpresidency) November 21, 2020
The Saudi state news agency SPA reported that the king called Erdoğan to coordinate efforts within the framework of the G20 summit, which will take place on the 21st and 22nd of November.
Relations between Riyadh and Ankara have been strained for years, and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in İstanbul in 2018 sharply escalated tensions.
For more than a year, some Turkish and Saudi traders had speculated that Saudi Arabia was imposing an informal boycott of imports from Turkey.
While Saudi officials have rejected claims that it has been blocking Turkish goods, in October, Ajlan Al-Ajlan, the head of Riyadh’s non-governmental Chamber of Commerce, called for the government to set up an official boycott in response to “the pursued hostility of the Turkish government” against Saudi Arabia.
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