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Ahead of the G20 summit, King Salman and President Erdogan agree to resolve differences through dialogue

The King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Friday to make the channels of dialogue open to resolve differences and improve relations between the two countries, and the agreement came during a phone call between the two leaders before the start of the G20 summit today and tomorrow.

And the Saudi Press Agency reported earlier on Friday that King Salman had contacted Erdogan to coordinate the efforts made within the work of the G20 summit, which is being hosted by Riyadh from a distance, in application of the precautionary measures to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are members of the economic group that includes the 20 largest economies in the world.

Two weeks ago, the King of Saudi Arabia ordered to send urgent humanitarian aid to Turkey for the benefit of those affected by the earthquake that struck Izmir, western Turkey, at the end of last month.

The conversation between King Salman and President Erdogan comes in light of the tension in relations between Ankara and Riyadh for years, due to several foreign policy files, as well as the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

Some Saudi and Turkish merchants have talked over the past months of Saudi Arabia imposing an unofficial boycott of Turkish goods, and last month groups representing major Turkish companies urged the kingdom’s authorities to improve trade relations between the two countries.




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