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Saudi Arabia: Abdullah Al Othaim Markets Halts Turkish Product Imports Following Boycott Call

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A famous Saudi retail chain has said it has stopped importing Turkish products amid a high-profile campaign to boycott Turkey over its meddling policies in the region, Gulfnews reports.

The Abdullah Al Othaim Markets also said it has ordered the retailer’s managers to halt dealing in Turkish goods from local suppliers and to quickly "get rid of" stocks of such products in all its branches and warehouses, the Saudi online newspaper Sabq reported.

The retailer’s move is meant to show solidarity with the public campaign for boycotting Turkey.

"This decision has come in solidarity with the popular boycott campaign and out of the company’s belief in its national duties," the retail chain said in a Twitter statement. "Our leaders, government and security are a red line that cannot be crossed."

The company, meanwhile, expressed greetings and respect to the Turkish people, absolving them of "shameful acts" of their government.

It said it has made available alternatives to the Turkish goods at competitive prices.

Earlier this month, head of the Saudi Chamber of Commerce Ajlan Al Ajlan called for boycotting "everything Turkish" including imports, investment, and tourism.

In the ensuing days, the Arabic hashtag "Boycott the Turkish products" has trended, prompting several suppliers of clothes to the Saudi market to relocate their operations to outside Turkey.

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