During an earlier stop in Egypt, billed as a chance for the prince and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to discuss regional cooperation, the prince signed 14 investment deals worth $7.7 billion across industries including technology, energy, food, pharmaceuticals and media.
The visit to Turkey Wednesday comes shortly before Prince Mohammed is expected to meet in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, with President Biden, who vowed as a candidate to make the kingdom a “pariah” over Mr. Khashoggi’s murder.
But Mr. Biden, who announced a ban on Russian oil and natural gas in response to Moscow’s decision to invade Ukraine, has since made efforts to rebuild relations with Saudi Arabia as he seeks an increase in the kingdom’s oil output to stabilize surging gas prices.
“Saudi’s economic fortunes are up because oil prices are surging and countries around the world are no longer freezing the country out,” Mr. Hokayem said. “It’s a moment for Saudi to deploy its influence in less of a brash way.”
Mr. Erdogan’s thawing of relations with Saudi Arabia has drawn criticism from political opponents and rights activists at home, who have denounced the rapprochement as a moral sellout. Last week, the Turkish government announced that it had dropped all charges against suspects in the Khashoggi case, according to a court verdict reviewed by The Times.
Hatice Cengiz, Mr. Khashoggi’s fiancée at the time of his death, said on Twitter that “the political legitimacy” that Prince Mohammed had gained through his recent meetings with world leaders would not “change the fact that he is a murderer.”