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Erdogan Wants to Bond With Saudi He Scorned

A street kiosk in front of a mural of Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Bursa, Turkey, on Jan. 4. 

A street kiosk in front of a mural of Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Bursa, Turkey, on Jan. 4. 

Photographer: Moe Zoyari/Bloomberg

When Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by his own country’s agents in Istanbul three years ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to revel in the bad publicity it created for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, with his aides disclosing gory details to a shocked world.

Now, with inflation above 60% and finances shaky a year ahead of elections, Erdogan’s making an unprecedented bid to mend ties and lure investment from the world’s biggest oil exporter. Turkish officials say he’s visiting Saudi Arabia today and will meet with Prince Mohammed bin Salman.