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Saudi Arabia bans Lebanese produce over drug smuggling concerns

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry called on authorities to do more to stop smuggling in response.

The Saudi government announced a ban on Lebanese fruit and vegetable imports Friday because of drug smuggling. 

The Saudi Interior Ministry said produce from Lebanon can neither enter nor transit through the kingdom starting April 25 until “the relevant Lebanese authorities provide sufficient and reliable guarantees to take the necessary measures to stop the systematic smuggling operations targeting the Kingdom, from Lebanon or passing through Lebanese territories, using Lebanese products to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom's territory,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported. 

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