Kuwaiti supermarkets start Iran goods boycott

Retailers also reportedly threaten to sack Iranian staff over country's support for Syrian regime

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Some Kuwaiti supermarket chains have begun boycotting products from Iran and threatened to sack Iranian staff over the country’s support of the Syrian regime, according to news wire AFP.

At least nine cooperative consumer societies out of 50 in the Gulf state published announcements in local media on Wednesday promoting the fact they had taken Iranian products off their shelves in protest against Tehran’s backing of President Bashar Al Assad.

Cooperative societies control a majority of the retail consumer market in Kuwait.

One announcement said the next move would be to dismiss Iranian labourers working at its supermarkets and cancel their residency permits.

About 50,000 Iranians work in Kuwait, mostly in low-paid jobs. Iranian exports to Kuwait are minimal and mainly include fish and food products.

Kuwait’s majority Sunni population has been angered by the Syrian government onslaught on Sunni rebels and the support Assad has received from Iran and Hezbollah.

About a dozen top Kuwaiti Sunni clerics have launched an online campaign to raise funds to arm 12,000 fighters to send them to Syria. It is estimated they need at least $30,000.

The GCC said on Monday that it would take measures against Hezbollah members. The measures will affect their “residency permits, and financial and commercial transactions,” said a GCC statement, citing a ministerial council decision.

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Posted by: Ahmad

Its the Sunni clerics who brought Militancy and even now propagating hatred. Kuwait should not indulge in racist activities by shunning Iranians.

Posted by: ITTM

I would suggest to chancel all Iranians visas and send them back to Iran. Have their president to open for them jobs in Iran. Iraninains are working in Gulf area and send money to their soldiers to Iran and those soldiers are killing Syrians in Syria.

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