Cairo: A famous Saudi retail chain has said that imports of Turkish products have been halted amid a sensational campaign to boycott Turkey over its involvement in the region.
The Abdullah Al Othaim Markets also said it had ordered the traders’ managers to stop trading in Turkish goods from local suppliers and to “get rid” of supplies of such products quickly in all its branches and warehouses, the Saudi reported online newspaper Sabq.
The trader’s intention is to show solidarity with the public campaign to boycott Turkey.
“This decision comes in solidarity with the popular boycott campaign and out of the company’s belief in its national duties,” the retail chain said in a Twitter statement. “Our leaders, government and security are a red line that cannot be crossed.”
The company has meanwhile expressed greetings and respect to the Turkish people and absolved them of ‘shameful acts’ of their government.
It said it had provided alternatives to the Turkish goods at competitive prices.
Earlier this month, the head of the Saudi Chamber of Commerce, Ajlan Al Ajlan, called for a boycott of “everything Turkish”, including imports, investment and tourism.
In the ensuing days, the Arab hashtag ‘Boycott the Turkish products’ tended, prompting several clothing suppliers to move to the Saudi market to relocate their operations outside Turkey.
The boycott call comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that some countries in the Arabian Gulf were targeting Turkey and adopting destabilizing policies.
Even before Ajlan’s call, Turkey’s struggling economy had already felt the pinch of anti – Turkish sentiment in Saudi Arabia. Last year, the value of the construction projects carried out by Turkish contractors in the kingdom dropped to $ 559 million, compared to $ 3 billion in 2018.
In the first nine months of this year, the figure dropped further to $ 21 million, Sabq said, referring to the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet.
In the same vein, the value of Turkish exports to Saudi Arabia fell from $ 12.7 billion in 2015 to $ 9.4 billion last year, according to figures from the Saudi General for Statistics.
In recent months, Turkey has been widely criticized for military involvement in Syria, Libya and Iraq, and the pursuit of destabilizing acts in the eastern Mediterranean.
Source: Gulf News