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Turkey says Saudi Crown Prince to visit 'in coming period'

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman set to visit Turkey 'in coming the period'
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Saudi Arabia's de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman is expected to visit Turkey soon, as Ankara and Riyadh seek to thaw diplomatic relations after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Kingdom's crown prince is expected to visit Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan and Egypt as well in the near future [source: Getty]

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Ankara and Riyadh had agreed on a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Turkey in the "coming period", but said no date has been set.

"Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed 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.

He added he was working on setting a date with his Saudi counterpart.

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He added that efforts to normalise strained ties with Riyadh were moving fast.

Relations between the regional rivals were strained after a Saudi hit squad killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in 2018. 

More recently, Erdogan has sought to break Turkey's regional isolation, restoring ties with the UAE, reaching out to Israeli leaders and pursuing talks with Egypt.