Turkey says Saudi Crown Prince to visit in coming period

31/5/2022 1:28:00 PM

Turkey says Saudi Crown Prince to visit in coming period

Copy to clipboard https://str.block Nato membership for Finland and Sweden, Western officials were exasperated - but not shocked.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn ANKARA: A chief adviser to Turkey's president told his US counterpart that Turkey wanted"concrete steps" on the existence of what it calls"terrorist organisations" in Finland and Sweden before it would consider their NATO bids, the Turkish presidency said.

sg/w2VS ANKARA (REUTERS) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday (May 31) that Ankara and Riyadh were in agreement for a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Turkey in the coming period, but no date had been set yet."Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman's visit to Turkey was actually going to happen this month, but we agreed to have it in the coming period," Cavusoglu told state media, and added he was working on setting a date with his Saudi counterpart.In 2009, he blocked the appointment of a new Nato chief from Denmark, complaining that the country was too tolerant of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and too sympathetic to"Kurdish terrorists" based in Turkey.He added that efforts to normalise strained ties with Riyadh were moving fast.Turkey has objected to the two countries' joining the Western defence alliance on the grounds that they harbour people linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group and others it deems terrorists, and because Finland and Sweden halted arms exports to Turkey in 2019.Ties between the regional rivals were strained after a Saudi hit squad.After a rupture in relations between Turkey and Israel the next year, Mr Erdogan prevented the alliance from working with the Jewish state for six years.

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