Saudi foreign minister says relations with Turkey 'good, amicable'

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Saturday that the kingdom enjoyed “good" and "amicable” relations with Turkey, which has been at odds with the kingdom over the geopolitical competition across the Muslim world and attitudes towards Islamist groups, Reuters reported.

Relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have soured since the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated government in Egypt, headed by Mohammed Morsi, was overthrown by the Egyptian military in 2013. Tensions further intensified after the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which Saudi intelligence officials are suspected of carrying out at their consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

During a meeting with Egypt, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2018 accused Turkey and Qatar of forming an “axis of evil” in the region by supporting extremist groups, namely the pan-Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

For more than a year, some Saudi and Turkish traders have speculated that Saudi Arabia was enforcing an informal boycott of imports from Turkey.

The minister said he has not seen any numbers that would support the existence of a boycott, according to Reuters