Saudi crown prince makes first visit to Turkey since journalist murder

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time since the killing of a Saudi journalist in Istanbul four years ago.

The crown prince held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara on Wednesday.

The visit is widely seen as aimed at mending bilateral ties, which deteriorated after Saudi agents killed Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Khashoggi was a leading critic of the Saudi government.

At the time, President Erdogan indirectly accused the Saudi crown prince of his involvement in the murder.

Crown Prince Mohammed is trying to repair relations with Turkey as well as with the United States and European countries.

He is set to hold talks next month with US President Joe Biden, who has been criticizing Saudi Arabia's human rights situation.

A Saudi court convicted a number of people over Khashoggi's murder. But the Saudi government has not provided details of its investigation into the incident.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancee, said the crown prince's visit to Turkey does not change the fact that he is responsible for a murder.