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Turkish leader visits Saudi Arabia to repair ties damaged by Khashoggi killings

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for a two-day visit in an attempt to ease tensions between the rival Middle Eastern powers whose connections burned after the 2018 assassination of a prominent Saudi journalist in Istanbul.

The trip comes three weeks after a Turkish court suspended the trial of Saudi security officials accused of killing and parting ways with Jamal Khashoggi, which is a reversal for Mr. Erdogan. The Turkish president had blamed the Saudi government for the killing, which he called the work of a “shadow state”. In the wake of Mr Khashoggi’s assassination, the Turkish government orchestrated a series of leaks to the local media that bothered and put pressure on the Crown Prince. Mohammed bin Salman.

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