Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday refused to condemn Saudi Arabia for its execution of 47 convicts including a prominent Shiite cleric, saying it was an ‘internal legal matter’ of the kingdom.
"The executions in Saudi Arabia are an internal legal matter. Whether you approve or not of the decision is a separate issue," Erdogan said in a televised speech, his first reaction to the controversy which has raised tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Erdogan had last month visited Riyadh for talks with King Salman, in a new sign of Ankara's warm ties with the kingdom.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia share the same vision over the conflict in Syria where they believe only the ousting of President Bashar Al Assad can bring an end to almost five years of civil war.
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