Erdogan says Turkey is pursuing ‘positive dialogue’ with Saudi Arabia – media

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kiev, Ukraine February 3, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

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ANKARA, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Turkey is continuing a “positive dialogue” with Saudi Arabia and wants to take concrete steps in the coming days to improve relations, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, as part of a Turkey’s regional charm offensive. mend strained relationships.

Relations between Ankara and Riyadh have been troubled since the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi commando at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. Following Turkish demands that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other officials be prosecuted, Riyadh imposed an unofficial boycott on goods from Turkey.

In 2020, Saudi Arabia imprisoned eight people between the ages of seven and 20 for Khashoggi’s murder. At the time, Ankara said the verdict fell short of expectations, but has since softened its tone as part of a broader bid to restore relations with the Gulf, even going so far as to say that he had no problem with Riyadh.

“We are continuing our positive dialogue with Saudi Arabia. We want to continue taking concrete steps in the coming period. We want to develop the process in a positive direction,” Erdogan told reporters on a flight back from Iran. United Arab Emirates.

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Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu Editing by Daren Butler

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