Bloomberg agency quoted sources it described as well-informed as saying that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will visit the Saudi capital (Riyadh) on the 11th of this month.
The agency indicated that the upcoming visit comes days after the phone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
Turkish officials told Reuters that Erdogan and King Salman agreed in a call on Tuesday that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud had talks on May 11th.
“With this visit, it is possible to open a new chapter together,” a senior Turkish official said, adding that the talks would focus on trade, bilateral relations and regional issues such as the conflict in Libya, where Turkey has deployed its forces.
The minister’s planned visit comes after Turkey’s talks this week with Egypt, one of the regional powers allied with the United States, and also aims to normalize relations after years of tension and competition.
Turkey’s relations with Saudi Arabia have been strained. Because of Ankara’s support for Qatar in the Gulf crisis, then tension escalated to the stage of the crisis when a Saudi team assassinated the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was opposed to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The crisis led to an unofficial Saudi boycott of Turkish goods, reducing the value of trade between the two countries by 98%. The Turkish state news agency Anadolu Agency said last month that Saudi Arabia was about to close eight Turkish schools in the kingdom