Erdogan, Saudi king agree to resolve issues through dialogue: statement  

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman of Saudi Arabia (L) are pictured during a family photo session at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Istanbul Summit in Istanbul, Turkey April 14, 2016. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz agreed in a phone call to improve bilateral ties and solve outstanding disputes through dialogue, the Turkish presidency said on Saturday.

King Salman called Erdogan to coordinate efforts exerted within the work of the G2 summit, which will take place on November 21 and 22, Saudi state news agency SPA reported late on Friday.

The Turkish presidency said in a statement that Erdogan and King Salman agreed to continue dialogue to resolve issues between the two countries, according to Anadolu Agency.

“President Erdogan and King Salman agreed to keep channels of dialogue open to improve bilateral ties and overcome issues,” the Turkish presidency said in a statement, adding the two men had also discussed the G20 summit.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been at odds for some years over foreign policy and attitudes towards Islamist political groups. The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018 sharply escalated tensions.

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

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