Turkey's Erdogan heads to Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi U-turn
April 28, 2022
The Turkish leader will be in Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit where relations "will be reviewed." It will be Erdogan's first visit since the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
According to the Turkish leader's office, the visit is at the invitation of King Salman. Erdogan will meet with the Saudi monarch in the coastal city of Jeddah and will also have a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — who is considered the de facto ruler of the kingdom.
Ankara has been seeking to improve diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia over the past year, as it finds itself in the mired in an economic crisis with spiraling inflation.
Turkey, after finding itself increasingly isolated, has also sought to improve relations with the Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Tensions over Khashoggi killing
Thursday's visit comes against the backdrop of tensions over the killing of Riyadh critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
Following the killing, Turkish authorities released gruesome details of the journalist's death inside the Istanbul consulate.
Turkey was able to give a blow by blow account of what happened, from the arrival of the Saudi hit squad arriving in the country, to the footage of Khashoggi entering the consulate, and never leaving.
At the time, Erdogan said the order to kill Khashoggi came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.