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Somalis launch 'buy Turkish products' campaign

August 21, 2018 at 3:43 am

President of Somalia Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (2nd L) is seen upon his arrival to attend the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on 12 December 2017 [İslam Yakut/Anadolu Agency]

Somalis who graduated from Turkish universities on Monday condemned the US sanctions on Turkey and urged their compatriots to help the Turkish nation go through their difficult times, Anadolu reports.

In a statement, the Association of Somali-Turkey Graduates said it supports Turkey and Somalis will stand by the Turks.

“We as Somali Turkish university graduates are calling Somali people and business persons to support Turkey by purchasing Turkish products,” it said.

“The whole world should know that we, Somalis, are with Turkey, a country that doesn’t let us alone during our problems,” it added.

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Turkey and the US are currently experiencing rocky relations following Washington’s imposition of sanctions on two government ministers for not releasing American pastor Andrew Brunson, who faces terrorism-related charges in Turkey.

On 10 August, President Donald Trump ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling US tariffs on Turkish aluminium and steel imports.

Last Wednesday, in retaliation, Turkey increased tariffs on several US-origin products, including alcohol and tobacco products and cars.