the saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman and the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoganadvanced this Wednesday in the restoration of relations damaged by the murder in 2018 of a critical journalist in istanbuland from the perspective of heavy Saudi investment for the ailing Turkish economy.

Mohammed bin Salman was received at the presidential palace ankara with a protocol first order head of stateincluding a troop on horseback carrying the Turkish and Saudi flags to the palace.

The meeting, however, was closed to the media and the Presidency turkish he limited himself to issuing a brief protocol statement.

“President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met in the presidential complex with the crown prince of Arabian SaudiMohamed bin Salmán Al Saud, who is on an official visit to Turkey“was the only official information about the meeting.

The Saudi prince arrived in Ankara from Jordan on a tour of the region that began this Tuesday in The cairoaccompanied by a large political and economic delegation.

[Las ‘cartas ocultas’ de Erdogan sobre el crimen de Khashoggi comprometen el futuro de MBS]

millionaire investments

The expected multi-million dollar Saudi investments could have a significant positive effect for Erdogan in the face of elections presidential Y parliamentarians June 2023, just when the devaluation of the lira and the soaring inflation, of 70%, have a large part of the population very angry.

However, a survey that has just been published by the demographic company MetroPoll indicates that 60% of Turks oppose closer ties with Arabian Saudi.

The state broadcaster TRT reported that agreements will be signed in sectors such as sightseeingthe health and the industry militaryand that the two leaders will also discuss regional and international issues.

Erdogan blames the prince

ankara Y Riyadh maintained distant relations since the kidnapping and murder in the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggia Saudi journalist once close to the regime of his country but who went into exile in 2017, when Mohamed bin Salmán, with whom he was very critical, was appointed heir.

Erdogan blamed the crime “on the highest levels” of the kingdom, although he exonerated the king Salman bin Abdulazizin what has been interpreted as an allusion to the prince, the de facto ruler of the country.

The Turkish Justice initiated a trial in absentia against 26 Saudi citizens, until at the beginning of last April the case was closedputting an end to one of the main investigations to convict the culprits.

That same month of April, Erdogan marked the beginning of a new era with a official trip to Saudi Arabia, where he was received by the king, Salmán bin Abdulaziz, with whom he sought agreements of cooperation bilateral in the sectors of health, energy, food security, defense industry and finance.

During that visit, he also met with the crown prince.

[Erdogan: “Algunos de los detenidos por el ‘caso Khashoggi’ han sido asesinados”]

Turkey’s battered economy, with a inflation YoY which this month exceeds 70%, prompts Erdogan to improve his relations with the Gulf monarchies to attract their investments to Turkey.

money instead of honor

The visit has been harshly criticized by the opposition, which accuses Erdogan of acting for money against the honor and interests of the country.

But Khashoggi It is not the only factor that had distanced the two major geopolitical powers in the region.

The relationship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia has already been cracked by Erdogan’s support for the movements pro-democratic Of the call spring Arab between 2010 and 2012, to Taste and to the movement of Brothers Muslimswhom Riyadh considers “terrorists”.

[El “salvaje asesinato” de Khashoggi, paso a paso, según Erdogan]

In addition, Turkey has always maintained a good-neighbourly relationship with Irantrying to mediate to raise the sanctions international over the country, while Saudi Arabia does its best to isolate Tehran, its great geopolitical adversary.

In addition to the interest in receiving an economic injection, several analysts see in Erdogan’s move, underlined by the prince’s visit to Ankara, a message to USA that Turkey wants to mend relations with Washington’s allies in the Persian Gulf.

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J. A. Allen

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