June 12
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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has left for Saudi Arabia on a two-day visit in an attempt to accelerate the normalization of relations with competitors in the region.

This is the first visit of a top Turkish official to Riyadh in the past four years after the escalation of relations following the blockade of Qatar under Saudi Arabia’s leadership in 2017 and the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashogji in Istanbul a year later.

Before the meetings in Saudi Arabia, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan held two telephone conversations with King Salman. In April, they agreed on the meeting of foreign ministers to advance the normalization of relations.

An anonymous top official of Turkey told Reuters that Cavusoglu and Al-Saud will most likely discuss the positions on the Syrian and Libyan conflicts.

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