What is driving Saudi Arabia's apparent rapprochement with Turkey?

On 30 October, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement expressing its deep pain and regret for the dozens of deaths and injuries in Izmir following an earthquake in western Turkey. Most observers paid little attention to the statement and considered it a customary measure, especially since an unofficial call to boycott Turkey’s products in the desert Kingdom was at its peak at the time. However, six days later, the Saudi Press Agency reported that King Salman had directed the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) to send “urgent aid to brothers affecte…

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