Erdogan says Turkey will boycott US electronic devices

Erdogan says Turkey will boycott US electronic devices


Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country will boycott US-made electronic goods amid a diplomatic spat that has helped trigger a Turkish currency crisis.

Showing no signs of backing down in his country’s stand-off with America, Mr Erdogan suggested that Turkey would stop procuring US-made iPhones and buy Korean Samsung or Turkish-made Vestel devices instead.

Economic and diplomatic problems with the US have caused the Turkish lira to nosedive

He said: “If they have the iPhone, there is Samsung elsewhere. We have Vestel.” It is unclear how Mr Erdogan intends to enforce the boycott. The president also renewed a call for Turks to convert their dollars into the Turkish lira, to help strengthen the currency.

The Turkish lira has nosedived in value in the past week over concerns about Mr Erdogan’s economic policies. The situation worsened after the US slapped sanctions on Turkey amid anger over the continued detention of an American pastor in Turkey.