The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Friday that the call dealt with coordinating efforts within the work of the G20 summit, which the Kingdom is hosting virtually on Saturday, and bilateral relations between the two countries were also discussed.
Erdogan and King Salman agreed to keep the channels of dialogue open to develop bilateral relations and eliminate problems, according to a statement issued by the Turkish Presidency’s Communication Department.
The statement said that President Erdogan and King Salman “agreed to keep the channels of dialogue open to develop bilateral relations and eliminate problems.”
Saudi Arabia and Turkey are members of the economic group that includes the 20 largest economies in the world.
The Kingdom will “hypothetically” host the G20 summit on November 21-22.
Saudi Arabia assumed the presidency of the group in November 2019 for a year, after the end of the summit held in Japan.
There are expectations that the leaders of Turkey, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, India and other countries will participate, along with other countries such as Turkey, Russia and China.
The Saudi monarch had ordered two weeks ago to send urgent humanitarian aid to Turkey for the benefit of those affected by the earthquake that struck Izmir, western Turkey, at the end of last month.
The conversation between King Salman and President Erdogan comes in light of the tension in relations between Ankara and Riyadh for years, due to several files related to foreign policy, as well as the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
Some Saudi and Turkish merchants have talked over the past months of Saudi Arabia imposing an informal boycott of Turkish goods, and last month groups representing major Turkish companies urged the kingdom’s authorities to improve trade relations between the two countries.
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