Don't watch forex, focus on the big picture, Turkey's Erdogan says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets members of his ruling AK Party during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey August 4, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - People should not pay close attention to foreign exchange prices, but should instead focus on the “big picture”, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, shrugging off a crisis in the lira.

Addressing a crowd in the northeastern city of Bayburt, Erdogan described the sell-off as an attack on Turkey’s economy and urged his supporters to ignore it. The lira weakened on his comments. At 1218 GMT it was at 6.0800 to the dollar, down some 9 percent on the day.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Sarah Dadouch; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Dominic Evans