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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are mending their friendship + Cairo-hosted Libya talks end without a pact

A Saudi-Turkish rapprochement: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman landed in Turkey yesterday for his first visit in years, where he and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hailed a “new era of cooperation” between the two countries. The visit marks the latest step in a thawing of tensions between the KSA and Turkey, with relations suffering a serious blow over the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. Reuters, AP, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal all had coverage.

Turkey was the last stop for the crown prince on a three-day tour that also took in Jordan and Egypt. Saudi companies signed 14 investment agreements worth USD 7.7 bn in Egypt to coincide with the visit.

Third round of UN mediated talks on Libya in Cairo conclude with no agreement: Egypt hailed “significant progress” in the third round of UN mediated talks in Cairo between rival Libyan factions, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. But no concrete action was agreed on how to move past the political deadlock in the country, with UN Special Advisor on Libya Stephanie Williams calling on the two sides to “meet within ten days at an agreed upon location to bridge outstanding issues” in a statement.

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