Saudi Chamber of Commerce chief calls for a boycott of ‘everything Turkish’
Saudi Arabia's Chamber of Commerce head Ajlan Al Ajlan has called for a boycott of "everything Turkish", including imports, investment, and tourism, reports Gulf News.
It is "the responsibility of every Saudi", Gulf News quoted him as saying.
The Saudi official made the call after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that some Gulf countries were targeting Turkey and pursuing policies to destabilise the region.
"Boycotting 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," Al Ajlan said on Twitter.
At a time when the Turkish economy is already in tatters amid the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and a currency crisis that began in 2018, the call for boycott might affect thousands of Turkish exporters if followed, the Gulf News report read.
The Turkish lira, one of the world's worst performing currencies this year, has taken a nosedive, descending 22 percent to a record low on Monday at over 7.7 versus the US dollar, according to Reuters.