Saudi Arabia bans Lebanese produce over drug smuggling

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    Saudi Arabia has suspended the import of fruit and vegetables from Lebanon; it says shipments are being used for drug smuggling after millions of pills were found in boxes of pomegranates.

    Lebanon exports 400,000 tonnes of agricultural produce every year, one-fourth to Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region. The suspension means millions of dollars in losses for a country facing a deep economic and financial crisis.

    The head of the farmer’s association in the Bekaa Valley says investigations showed the pomegranates came from Syria, not Lebanon.

    Lebanon’s leaders ordered the security services to crack down on drug smuggling and those behind it, but many feel these promises from a weak state will not change anything.

    Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut, Lebanon.

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