A group of Saudi companies operating in various commercial and industrial sectors announced that they are joining efforts to boycott Turkish products. In a statement they said that this comes in solidarity with the popular campaign to boycott Turkish products, describing this measure as a “national duty.”
The boycott of Turkish products in Saudi Arabia comes against the background of the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Qatar, which is a close ally of Turkey, and its intersection with Saudi Arabia, along with the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt since the summer of 2017.
Relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been strained for years due to issues in foreign policy, especially after the attempted coup in Turkey 2016, and relations worsened after killing of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, on October 2, 2018, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Saudi Arabia ranks 15th in the list of Turkey’s largest export markets, with sales led by carpets, textiles, chemicals, grains, furniture and steel, at $ 1.91 billion in the first eight months of this year, and this represents a 17% decrease from 2019.