Saudi crown prince to visit Egypt, Jordan ahead of Turkey


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A flag flies over the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on January 10, 2019.
OZAN KOSE (AFP)A flag flies over the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on January 10, 2019.

It will be the Saudi premier's first visit to Turkey since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will begin a regional tour on Monday in Egypt that will also take him to Turkey to bolster regional ties, a Saudi diplomat said.

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After Cairo, Prince Mohammed - Saudi Arabia's de facto leader - will travel to Jordan before heading to Ankara.

During the tour, the prince will discuss "regional and international files and the future of international cooperation," the diplomat said, adding that investment and energy deals are due to be signed.

Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan announced on Friday that Prince Mohammed would be visiting Turkey on June 22.

It would be the Saudi royal's first visit to Turkey since the brutal killing of Saudi insider-turned-critic Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, which shocked the world and dealt a heavy blow to ties between the regional rivals.

The visit, following one by Erdogan to Saudi Arabia in April, would seal efforts to heal ties between the two countries.

Prince Mohammed is also expected to visit Greece, Cyprus, and Algeria, "probably in late July." The Saudi government is yet to confirm the crown prince's upcoming trips.

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