ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman by cellphone forward of the G-20 digital summit hosted by the dominion, the president’s workplace stated Saturday.

The leaders mentioned bettering relations between the 2 international locations, the assertion stated.

Ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia deteriorated sharply after the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, including to tensions over Turkey’s help for the Muslim Brotherhood, seen by Riyadh as a terrorist group.

“President Erdogan and King Salman agreed to maintain channels of dialogue open to enhance bilateral ties and overcome points,” the Turkish presidency stated.

Saudi Arabia is internet hosting the digital assembly of G-20 leaders on Saturday and Sunday according to coronavirus restrictions.