Turkey’s Erdoğan and Saudi King Salman agree to solve issues via dialogue

Relations between Riyadh and Ankara have been strained for years.

  • 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.

(AFP/File photo)

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.

“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.

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.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meeting Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to resolve the blockade on Qatar on July 23, 2017. (Turkey’s Presidential Press Service/AFP)

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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  • Politics are like weather, on situations they are enemy and sometimes friend… And world goes on and on…

  • This is excellent.Muslim leaders should use common sense and promote unity among all countries of the ummah.The enemies of Muslims especially RSS Nazis of India will be the ones who will be very unhappy.

  • Masha-Allah…muslims must unite…try to resolve their diff. via dialogue…this umma has suffered alot, and our enemies taking advantage of this…All muslims are one…unity brings power, peace and stability…May Allah help, bless and guide us all…love from Pakistan

  • I hope and pray this is truly for Muslim unity but Saudi’s are in panic mode right now due to Trump losing his re-election..remember MBS got his powers due to his connection with Jared Kushner and once he is gone ,MBS has to save himself from Jamal Khashoggji episode and Turkey has solid evidence against him..it’s all a game not some love between Muslim countries..Saudi’s are trying to bring down the temperature for personal benefit ..I am sure we will see same with Qatar in few days where Saudi’s will try to normalize relations with them too..stay tuned

  • Saudis should end their enmity with Iran and sort out their differences through dialogue.Both Iranians and Saudis are to blame for creating disunity among Muslims.The non-Muslims esp Zionists and Hindus are the main beneficiaries.

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