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Erdogan personally welcomes MBS as Turkey, Saudis hail ‘new era of cooperation’

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday declared their determination to start a “new era of cooperation” during a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as they set aside years of acrimony following the brutal slaying of a Saudi columnist.

The Turkish fiancée of the slain journalist meanwhile, decried the crown prince’s visit.

Prince Mohammed — making his first trip to Turkey following the killing, by Saudi agents, of Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul — held one-on-one talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that lasted some two hours. Prince Mohammed is on the last leg of a Middle East tour that also took him to Egypt and Jordan.

A joint statement released followed their meeting said the sides “strongly emphasized a joint determination to start a new era of cooperation in bilateral relations … including political, economic, military, security and cultural relations.”

The two sides also discussed the possibility of developing and diversifying trade and boosting investments and partnerships in various fields. The talks were held in an atmosphere of “sincerity and brotherhood embodying the depth of excellent relations between the two countries,” according to the statement.

The crown prince’s convoy arrived at the presidential palace complex escorted by Turkish mounted honor guards. Erdogan greeted the prince at an entrance to the palace after which the two kissed each other on both cheeks.

Efforts by the regional heavyweights to improve their ties come as Turkey faces its worst economic crisis in two decades and is trying to draw investments from wealthy Gulf Arab........

© The Times of Israel

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