A wide range of Saudi institutions and companies operating in various commercial and industrial sectors announced their joining the boycott of Turkish products in the largest response of its kind to the campaign.
The list of companies that joined the campaign in the past two days includes “Al-Abd Al-Latif Furniture,” “Al-Watania Market,” “Al-Qafari Furniture and Carpet Group,” “Tamimi Markets”, “Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets”, “Astra Markets” and “Danube”.
The companies that announced this decision stressed that it comes in solidarity with the popular campaign to boycott Turkish products, describing this measure as a “national duty.”
Tamimi Markets said in a statement that it announces the suspension of import operations from Turkey, including local purchases of Turkish goods, and the Turkish goods currently in the market’s stores will be sold until the quantity runs out.
She added, “Tamimi Markets is keen to provide high-quality products and services to all families across our dear kingdom.”
While Al-Qafari Group clarified that all its departments have been instructed to stop importing all Turkish products from the state of Turkey, to stop dealing with all Turkish factories and brands, and not to submit any new orders from them, adding that the existing goods will be sold until the quantity runs out.
She added that this decision will not affect the strategic plan set for the company due to the availability of many alternatives from the most famous national and international brands and factories from European and Asian countries that the group deals with.
Commenting on these developments, Prince Abdul Rahman bin Musaed bin Abdulaziz, who does not have any government position and is considered among the biggest supporters of boycotting Turkish products, said: “More than one newspaper and TV channel in Turkey attacks me and talks about me, as if I am the reason for the popular campaign to boycott Turkish goods. Despite my great support for it, it is a popular campaign that started with Saudis who love their country, and supported them in it. The campaign is a result; instead of attacking me, look at the reason, which is the policies and abuses of your president. ”
And calls for a boycott of Turkish products in Saudi Arabia increased due to the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Qatar, which is a close ally of Turkey, and which the Kingdom has boycotted along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt since the summer of 2017.
Erdogan’s statements, which he made during that visit, sparked anger among users of social networking sites in Saudi Arabia, especially his saying that the presence of Turkish forces in a military base in Doha maintains the stability of the Gulf countries.
The Chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Riyadh Chamber”, Ajlan Al-Ajlan, has repeatedly called to join this campaign, which was launched last year.
Al-Ajlan said on Twitter: “I say it with certainty and clarity: No investment .. No import .. No tourism. We as citizens and businessmen will not have any dealings with everything that is Turkish. Even Turkish companies operating in Saudi Arabia I call not to deal with them. This is our least response against the continued Turkish hostility and insult to our leadership and our country. ”
Relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been experiencing tense tensions for years due to issues in foreign policy and the manner of dealing with political Islam groups, especially after the killing of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, on October 2, 2018, in the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
This trend began to affect the economic relations between the two countries recently, and Turkish companies have previously accused Saudi Arabia of obstructing the transport of goods by sea from Turkey to the Kingdom, while there are increasing calls to support the campaign to boycott Turkish products.
Saudi Arabia ranks 15th in the list of the largest Turkish export markets, with sales led by carpets, textiles, chemicals, grains, furniture and steel, amounting to 1.91 billion dollars in the first eight months of this year, and this represents a decrease of 17% from 2019.
Source: RT + Saudi media
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