Saudi crown prince, Erdogan meet in Turkey with ‘full normalisation’ in sights

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Saudi crown prince, Erdogan meet in Turkey with ‘full normalisation’ in sights

Mohammed Bin Salman, Turkey Saudi Relations

Saudi crown prince, Erdogan meet in Turkey with ‘full normalisation’ in sights

ANKARA, June 22 —Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years today for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at fully normalising...

Wednesday, 22 Jun 2022 11:00 PM MYTANKARA, June 22 —Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years today for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at fully normalising ties that were ruptured after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The visit marks a step in Prince Mohammed's effort to rehabilite his image beyond the Gulf, and comes as Erdogan seeks financial support that could help relieve Turkey's beleaguered economy ahead of tight elections for the president.In April, Erdogan held one-on-one talks with Prince Mohammed in Saudi Arabia after a months-long drive to mend relations between the regional powers, including dropping the Turkish trial over Khashoggi's 2018 murder in Istanbul.

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Wednesday, 22 Jun 2022 11:00 PM MYT ANKARA, June 22 —Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years today for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at fully normalising ties that were ruptured after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The visit marks a step in Prince Mohammed's effort to rehabilite his image beyond the Gulf, and comes as Erdogan seeks financial support that could help relieve Turkey's beleaguered economy ahead of tight elections for the president. The talks in Ankara between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan come one month before a visit to Riyadh by US president Joe Biden, for a regional summit focused on the energy crunch caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In April, Erdogan held one-on-one talks with Prince Mohammed in Saudi Arabia after a months-long drive to mend relations between the regional powers, including dropping the Turkish trial over Khashoggi's 2018 murder in Istanbul. Erdogan's decision to revive ties with one of his biggest rivals is also driven in large part by economics and trade. Erdogan said last week he and Riyadh's de facto leader would discuss"to what much higher level" they can take ties during talks in Ankara. Turks' living standards are imploding one year before a general election that poses one of the biggest challenges of Erdogan's mercurial two-decade rule. The visit is expected to bring"a full normalisation and a restoration of the pre-crisis period," a senior Turkish official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Before joining Bersatu, Zuraida was the PKR vice-president but was sacked along with several other MPs who brought down the Pakatan Harapan government through the Sheraton Move.

"A new era will begin. But it is now drumming up investment and central bank assistance from the very countries it opposed on ideological grounds in the wake of the Arab Spring revolts. But it is now drumming up investment and central bank assistance from the very countries it opposed on ideological grounds in the wake of the Arab Spring revolts." Erdogan welcomed Prince Mohammed at the presidential palace in Ankara with a ceremony and the two shook hands and embraced, before being met by members of the Turkish cabinet. There are no public statements scheduled after their talks. “Erdogan is all about Erdogan. The Turkish official said the two countries had lifted restrictions on trade, flights and the screening of TV series, with mutual negative media coverage also halted. He's all about winning elections and I think he has decided to kind of swallow his pride. Agreements on energy, economy and security would be signed during the visit, while a plan was also in the works for Saudi funds to enter capital markets in Turkey, the official said.” Cagaptay said Prince Mohammed is also trying to see whether he can win broader backing ahead of a possible new nuclear agreement between world powers and the Saudis' arch-nemesis Iran.

However, he said negotiations on a possible currency swap line - which could help restore Turkey's diminished foreign reserves - were not moving"as fast as desired" and will be discussed privately between Erdogan and Prince Mohammed. Criticism halted Prince Mohammed is on his first tour outside the Gulf region in over three years including a visit to Jordan. 'You should be ashamed' Turkey's rapprochement with the Saudis began with an Istanbul court decision in April to break off the trial in absentia of 26 suspects accused of links to Khashoggi's killing and to transfer the case to Riyadh. 'You should be ashamed' Turkey's rapprochement with the Saudis began with an Istanbul court decision in April to break off the trial in absentia of 26 suspects accused of links to Khashoggi's killing and to transfer the case to Riyadh. Ties between Ankara and Riyadh took a turn for the worse after a Saudi hit squad killed and dismembered Khashoggi in 2018 at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. Erdogan at the time blamed it on the"highest levels" of the Saudi government. The court's decision drew strong protests from Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. The visit, including the welcoming ceremony at the palace, marks a turnaround in their relations. But it paved the way for a visit to Saudi by Erdogan three weeks later, when he hugged the crown prince.

Ankara stopped all criticism and halted its murder trial in April, transferring the case to Riyadh in a move condemned by human rights groups. “He gets off the plane and hugs the killers,” fumed Turkey's main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu ― Erdogan's likely chief rival in the presidential race. Prince Mohammed has been leveraging Saudi Arabia's vast wealth and oil production capacity to lure in Western leaders and private business partners, hoping shifting geopolitics and a focus on social and economic reforms would soften criticism of his human rights record. US President Joe Biden is set to visit Saudi Arabia in July as Washington struggles with record high gasoline prices and building a united front against Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.” Ankara expects the mending of fences between the two Sunni powers to help prop up the Turkish economy at a crucial stage of Erdogan's rule.” Ankara expects the mending of fences between the two Sunni powers to help prop up the Turkish economy at a crucial stage of Erdogan's rule. The visit also comes as Turkey's economy is badly strained by a slumping lira and inflation soaring beyond 70%. Saudi funds and foreign currency could help Erdogan shore up support ahead of elections by June 2023, analysts say. Lack of trust Erdogan's unconventional economic approach has set off an inflationary spiral that has seen consumer prices almost double in the past year.

The Turkish official said Saudi Arabia may be interested in companies within the Turkish Wealth Fund or elsewhere, or in making investments similar to those by the United Arab Emirates in recent months. Analysts believe the resulting drop in Erdogan's public approval and the depletion of state reserves means the Turkish leader can ill afford to maintain his hostile stance toward the petrodollar-filled Gulf states. The leaders will also discuss the possible sale of Turkish armed drones to Riyadh, the person added. Turkey's problems with the Saudis began when Ankara refused to accept Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood from power in Cairo in 2013. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), said on Tuesday that Erdogan"will embrace the man who ordered the killing" of Khashoggi and accused him of trading"the country's honour" for financial aid. Prince Mohammed denies any involvement in the murder. Those rivalries intensified after Turkey tried to break the nearly four-year blockade the Saudis and their allies imposed on Qatar in 2017. Those rivalries intensified after Turkey tried to break the nearly four-year blockade the Saudis and their allies imposed on Qatar in 2017. — Reuters Advertisement .