How will Jamal Khashoggi case affect Turkey-Saudi ties?



The disappearance and possible killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi  last week inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has thrown a new challenge to Saudi-Turkish diplomatic relations, analysts say, adding the incident might affect the economic ties between the two powerful Muslim nations.

So far, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been careful, Turkish and Arab analysts say,┬ánot to pick a protracted and messy fight with Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Khashoggi – a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Two former senior Turkish government officials said Erdogan would most likely go all the way against Saudi Arabia if it were proven that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

Erdogan would not hesitate to act amid strained ties between the two nations over the possible killing of Khashoggi on Turkish territory, they said.