Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is planning a trip to Turkey and several other countries soon, sources familiar with the plans said on Monday, in a visit that would come as Ankara and Riyadh aim to mend ties, reports TurkicWorld with the reference DailySabah.
Erdoğan late last month visited the kingdom in the first high-level visit in years, which followed intense efforts in recent months to repair some diplomatic damage after a decade of tension, especially after the 2018 murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul Consulate.
In addition to Turkey, four sources told Reuters that MBS will also be visiting Greek Cyprus, Greece, Jordan and Egypt where he will discuss regional and international issues and ink agreements in energy and trade.
This would be the prince’s first tour outside the region since the Khashoggi murder and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. He visited Japan for a G-20 summit in 2019.
Saudi officials are still discussing the exact dates with the countries the crown prince is visiting, the sources said. Two of them added that the trip could happen as soon as early June.
One of the sources, a senior Turkish official, said MBS, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, accepted Erdoğan’s invitation to visit and both sides were working to schedule it.