However, what is worth noting is that the call for ban is not from the Saudi government. The move has been launched by the citizens themselves. Reportedly, a host of supermarkets in the Kingdom have replaced various Turkish products with those from Greece.
Besides, the ban is not just for Turkish products. It includes products of international brands that have been manufactured in the country.
The development comes amid the on-going political barb between France and other Muslim countries following the beheading of schoolteacher Samuel Paty for showing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed to his pupils.
Macron’s defence for the blasphemous cartoons has irked many Muslim countries.
While several of them condemned the display of the caricatures, Saudi Arabia took a balanced stance — it denounced the gruesome killing of Paty while also expressing concerns on the display of the cartoons.
Looks like Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by positing himself strongly against France and also instigating other Muslim countries to follow suit is attempting to portray himself as “messiah” of Muslim Ummah.
However, it looks like Erdogan’s ambitious plan is going to affect the country negatively as Saudi Arabia is the biggest importer of Turkish products and if the call for ban continues in the Kingdom for long it can have a cascading impact on Ankara’s economy.