The Turkish Chamber of Commerce has called on Saudi citizens to boycott all Turkish products. The head of the agency said that it was the responsibility of every Saudi citizen to boycott everything in Turkey, including imports, investment and tourism. Gulf News quoted this to the local media.
In a recent speech without naming Saudi Arabia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that some countries in the Arabian Gulf have targeted Turkey and are adopting a policy of destabilizing the region. Following Erdogan’s remarks, the Saudi Chamber of Commerce called the country’s citizens.
In a speech to Parliament on Thursday, Erdogan said, “It should not be forgotten that countries have been questioned; they did not exist yesterday and probably will not tomorrow. But by God’s permission, our flag will be in this region forever.” Will keep flying.
Erdogan’s statement evoked strong reaction. Following the statement, the head of the Saudi Chamber of Commerce, Azan al-Azlan, called for a boycott of Turkish products. He said in a tweet, “The Saudi government and boycott of everything in Turkey, whether import, investment or tourism, is a consumer’s obligation in response to the continued hostility against our leadership, our country and our citizens.”
Turkey’s current economy is fragile. Thousands of Turkish exporters are feared to be at risk if Saudi authorities follow a boycott policy. Relations between the two countries have dramatically deteriorated since the 2016 murder of journalist Jamal Khashogi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Erdogan also threatened to break ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which recently signed an agreement to normalize relations with Israel.