Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman review the guard of honor during a visit to Ankara on June 22. OZAN KOSE/AFP DECRYPTION – This rapprochement is more broadly part of a Turkish desire to normalize its relations with the countries of the region. From our correspondent in Istanbul Mohammed Ben Salman confirms his return to grace. After a passage in Egypt, then in Jordan, the Saudi prince went, this Wednesday, June 22, to Ankara. A very controversial visit: MBS had not set foot in Turkey since the assassination, in October 2018, of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in which he had been directly incriminated. “God willing, we will see to what level we can raise relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia,” President Erdogan announced last Friday, confirming his intention to make a clean sweep of the past. Between Ankara and Riyadh, the estrangement dates back to the revolutions of the Arab Spring, in 2011, and more precisely in 2013. That year, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, from the Muslim Brotherhood, supported by President Erdogan, was forcibly ousted by Marshal al-Sissi, close to the Saudi kingdom. In 2017, the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia on Qatar, then an ally… This article is for subscribers only. You have 76% left to discover. Freedom has no borders, like your curiosity. Continue reading your article for €0.99 the first month Already a subscriber? Login
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