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The Turkish government has said that it "laughs off" boycotts imposed on Turkish products in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and United Arab Emirates. "We laugh off some countries' boycotts against Turkey. They should first learn to stand as independent countries," AKP deputy leader Numan Kurtulmuş said on Oct. 18.
Turkish exporters are struggling with shrinking markets as Morocco appears to have joined the countries that are effectively boycotting all products made in Turkey. Sources from the Moroccan Ministry of Trade indicate that measures have been put in place to prevent unfair competition from Turkish textile producers who are dominating the local market.
The UAE's state minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said that the presence of the Turkish army in Qatar is an element of instability in the Gulf region. "The Turkish military presence in the Arab Gulf is an emergency. It reinforces polarization, and it does not take into account the sovereignty of states and the interests of the Gulf countries and its people," he said.
Shady Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab's money laundering scheme was revealed in leaked U.S. files, which were obtained by BuzzFeed News and which are being investigated by 400 journalists from 88 countries. According to the files, the United Arab Emirates' central bank, UK-based Standard Chartered and Deutsche Bank took part in Zarrab's billion-dollar scheme.
United Nations investigators have revealed a short-lived secret mission in Libya that aimed to prevent shipments of Turkish-supplied weapons from reaching the government in Tripoli by sea. According to the U.N., the plan was to create a marine strike force using speedboats and attack helicopters that would board and search merchant ships.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has accused the United Arab Emirates of trying to openly attack Turkey. "If you are asking who is destabilizing this region, who is bringing chaos, then we would say Abu Dhabi without any hesitation. They're trying to openly attack us from time to time, but we warned them to not cross the line," he said in response to criticism of Turkey's role in the Libyan conflict.
Turkey's internet watchdog has banned access to The Independent's Turkish website, a week after Saudi Arabia banned the websites of Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency and state-broadcaster TRT's Arabic service. "There are problems in accessing our website. Some of our readers come across this warning," Nevzat Çiçek said, as he shared the screenshot of the BTK warning on the administrative measure adopted for the website.