Turkey eyeing improved ties with Saudi Arabia - foreign minister's speech text

Ankara is looking to deepen ties with Saudi Arabia in all aspects, Reuters reported Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as saying, according to a prepared text of his speech to parliament on Wednesday.

The Turkish foreign minister, while presenting his ministry’s budget to lawmakers, left out several sections of the written text of his speech, including the reference to  Riyadh, Reuters said.

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey have soured since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman came to power in 2017, with Riyadh condemning Ankara’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and accusing Turkey, Iran, and Qatar of forming “an axis of evil” in the Middle East. 

The murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, known for his criticism of the de facto Saudi ruler, in the kingdom’s consulate building in İstanbul last month has further heightened tensions as Turkey continues to call on Saudi Arabia to disclose who gave orders for the killing.