Egypt Lawmakers Threaten Economic Boycott against Turkey
Lawmakers in Egypt threatened on Sunday to launch an economic boycott of Turkey as Ankara approved last week the deployment of troops to Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA).
The MPs demanded to bar the import of Turkish goods and annul all free trade agreements between Cairo and Ankara in response to the “flagrant violations” of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan’s meddling, they continued, threatens Egypt's national security.
Egypt’s national security council had held an emergency meeting on Thursday to address the Turkish move.
President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi chaired the meeting that set a number of measures to “confront any threat to Egypt’s national security.” It was followed by military drills in the Mediterranean.
The parliamentary foreign relations committee also convened on Sunday to address Turkey’s “unprecedented escalation that undermines international and regional efforts to reach a comprehensive political settlement in Libya.”
The panel decided to task some of members to address various parliaments of NATO members and Mediterranean countries to tackle the Libyan crisis.
MP Ismail Nassereddine, meanwhile, submitted a request to the minister of trade and industry about boycotting Turkish goods.
The boycott, he explained, would negatively impact Turkey’s economy, which has been struggling for years due to Erdogan’s policies.
“We must respond to Ankara’s move in all possible ways,” he demanded. Moreover, he cited how Turkey was flooding the Egyptian market with its goods without customs fees.
Relations between Cairo and Ankara had deteriorated since Erdogan voiced his support for president Mohammed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood. He had objected to Morsi’s overthrow in 2013 and described him as a “martyr” after his death in prison last year. Cairo had designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.