The Lebanese authorities have indicated that they wish to step up the fight against drug trafficking following the decision of Saudi Arabia to ban the import of fruits and vegetables from the Land of Cedars after the discovery of a large quantity of drugs, a shortfall of $ 24 million for Lebanon, according to Agriculture Minister Abbas Mortada, or even $ 40 million if other Gulf countries follow.

At the end of the meeting of the High Security Council, the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, declared himself determined to maintain the best relations with the Arab countries.

The head of state also addressed the issue of other trafficking, such as fuel or subsidized products which are expensive in Lebanon. He wondered about the delays taken for the purchase of scanners to be placed at the border crossings in accordance with a decision taken in July 2020 and the publication of the decree being linked.

For his part, outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab also spoke of the repercussions of the Saudi decision indicating that local authorities wish to have the best relations with the kingdom.

“We know that Saudi Arabia or the Gulf countries are not unaware that the ban on Lebanese products will not stop drug trafficking. Only cooperation between us can stop these networks.”
Hassan Diab, April 26, 2021

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