Saudi authorities have urged citizens to “boycott everything Turkish” following a statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip accusing some Gulf countries of pursuing destabilising policies in the region, Gulf News reported on Saturday.
“The boycott of everything Turkish, whether on the level of import, investment or tourism, is the responsibility of every Saudi — trader and consumer — in response to the continued hostility of the Turkish government against our leadership, our country and our citizens,” the head of Saudi Arabia’s Chamber of Commerce, Ajlan Al Ajlan, said in a call made on Twitter.
Erdoğan during an address in Turkish parliament last week accused some Gulf countries of targeting Turkey for “siding with the oppressed’’ and following policies leading to instability.
“It should not be forgotten that the countries in question did not exist yesterday, and probably will not exist tomorrow,’’ Erdoğan said, “but we will continue to keep our flag flying in this region forever, with the permission of Allah.”
Diplomatic relations between Ankara and Riyadh remain fraught after a political crisis between the two countries erupted over the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018.
Turkey has condemned last month’s U.S.-brokered deals signed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to normalise relations with Israel.
Saudi Arabia has maintained an unofficial boycott on Turkish products, including textiles and perishable food, since last year.