The head of the Turkish Exporters Council “TIM”, Ismail Gul, said that the boycott campaign of Turkish products in Saudi Arabia represents the use of trade as a tool for political purposes.
“Our problems are known this year, Saudi Arabia is an important market for our exports in the natural stone sector, and we consider the boycott of Turkish products in Saudi Arabia among the most important factors affecting our work this year,” Gul said at a promotional meeting for the sixth conference of natural stones online.
He added, “We all know that the issue is political, and unfortunately trade is used as a tool for political purposes, while it is the role of politics to facilitate trade and create platforms for both parties to win, but in this case the opposite happens.”
Gul indicated that they are making every effort to develop and develop the mining sector, stressing that in 2019 his country exported natural stones with a value of 1.86 billion dollars.
Recently, a wide range of Saudi institutions and companies operating in the various commercial and industrial sectors announced their joining the boycott of Turkish products in the largest response of its kind to the campaign, which has been publicly supported by some officials, members of the ruling family and the semi-official media in the Kingdom.
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.”
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.
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.
Saudi Arabia ranks 15th in the list of the largest Turkish export markets, with sales led by carpets, textiles, chemicals, grains, furniture and steel, 1.91 billion dollars in the first eight months of this year, and this represents a decrease of 17% from 2019, when this indicator reached 2.3. Billion dollar.
Source: “Anatolia” + agencies
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