A growing momentum for the Saudi companies’ campaign to boycott Turkish products
Suppliers to Asharq Al-Awsat: Work is underway to get rid of the stockpile … and the process will cost Ankara 20 billion dollars
Monday – 3 of Rabi` al-Awwal 1442 AH – October 19, 2020 AD Issue No. [
The momentum of boycotting the Turkish product is escalating in Saudi Arabia … and in the context of the campaign slogan (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Jeddah: Aisha Jafari
The move by companies and retail stores came as an escalation of intervention policies and hostility to the Kingdom and attempts to expand in many countries – as she put it – to turn into a widespread popular rejection of the Turkish product.
Well-known companies working in the field of furniture and retail chains that have hundreds of branches in the country, and even extended to real estate companies and electronic stores, in succession, announced the commitment to the boycott through official statements published through their official accounts on social media.
These developments come at a time when political visions indicate that the policies of the Turkish government headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the interference in the affairs of many countries in the Middle East region, have put Turkey in a critical position in the period when its economy suffers many imbalances, most notably the collapse of the Turkish lira in front of Foreign currencies, and the government’s inability to curb this collapse, have affected the cash reserves and contributed to more budget deficits, as well as the flight of foreign and local investors to safer areas.
The Chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, Ajlan Al-Ajlan, called for a complete boycott of Turkey in terms of investment, tourism and trade, in response to what he considered “an insult” by Ankara to the Saudi leadership.
Al-Ajlan stressed the calls for a boycott of Turkish products again, when he said in a tweet to him through his official account on the social networking site “Twitter” the following: “I say it with certainty and clarity: No investment, no import, no tourism,” adding that we, as citizens and businessmen, will not have any Deal with everything that is Turkish, even the Turkish companies operating in the Kingdom, I call not to deal with them, and this is our least response against the continued Turkish hostility and insult to our leadership and our country.
Al-Ajlan told Asharq Al-Awsat that these initial boycotts will cost the Turkish economy nearly $ 20 billion, adding, “This is a call from the smallest store in a remote village to the largest store in the middle of the big cities in Saudi Arabia to boycott Turkish goods, whose hostility to the Kingdom against citizens is no longer hidden ».
Al-Ajlan added, “I think that the cessation of a million and a half tourists to be in Turkey will cost it a lot, in addition to thousands of investors in all sectors, whether in import, tourism or investment, and it is the duty of every sector to stop dealing with a country that targets our government and our people.”
And in Saudi Arabia, a large number of large companies and factories with business chains and wide spread in the Kingdom continue to join the popular campaign to boycott the Turkish product, including “Abdul Latif Furniture”, “Al Watania Market”, “Al Qafari Furniture and Carpet Group”, “Tamimi Markets” and “Al Othaim Markets”. And “Astra Markets” and “Danube”.
Tamimi Markets announced its alignment with the campaign launched by the Saudis to boycott Turkish goods, in opposition to the ambitions and abuses launched by the Turkish President and his government on more than one platform against the homeland.
Tamimi Markets said that “coinciding with the current situation, it announces the suspension of import operations from Turkey, including local purchases of Turkish goods, and the sale will be limited to Turkish goods currently in the market’s stores until the quantity runs out.”
Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets Company has indicated that it has directed the company’s departments to stop importing all Turkish products from the state of Turkey, to stop supplying them from local suppliers, and to work on quickly disposing of the stock of these products in all its branches and warehouses and not to make any new orders.
He assured to «Middle East» Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Othaim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets Company, that he had directed all departments of the company to stop importing all Turkish products from the state of Turkey in addition to stopping their supply from local suppliers, and working to quickly get rid of the stock of these products from branches And the company’s warehouses to return to the supplier or dispose of them, in addition to not making new orders.
Al-Othaim said that this directive comes in solidarity with the popular campaign boycotting Turkish products, and an affirmation of the well-established national positions that compromising the security of this country is a red line that cannot be tolerated at all.
Al-Othaim stressed that this trend has nothing to do with the brotherly Turkish people, for whom the Saudis have all the love, appreciation and respect, but rather positions emanating from companies and factories in the face of the anti-Turkish directives and its unacceptable excesses.
In addition to the private sector, prominent Saudi elites participated in support of a new boycott campaign on social media.