Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz have discussed bilateral ties in a call, the second conversation between the two leaders in less than a month.
In a brief statement, Turkey’s communications directorate said the two leaders evaluated matters on issues affecting both countries and steps to be taken to further the cooperation.
Turkey is seeking to improve ties with Saudi Arabia after they were thrown into crisis by the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi hit squad inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Last year, Saudi businessmen endorsed an unofficial boycott of Turkish goods in response to what they called hostility from Ankara, slashing the value of trade by 98 percent.
Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin last month said that Erdogan and King Salman had a good call in April and that the foreign ministers of the two countries had agreed to meet.