The infamous pomegranate drug shipment that reached Saudi Arabia from Lebanon has further undermined the Kingdom‘s trust, as well as that of other Gulf countries, in the crisis-hit country.
After banning the import of produce from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia‘s message to the Lebanese authorities was sharp and clear: strict measures to stop “the systematic drug smuggling operations against the Kingdom.”
96% of Lebanon’s produce exports ($55 million annually) go to Arab countries. Failing to take decisive action against the drug smuggling operations that target these countries could prove to be very costly, as Lebanon is currently in desperate need of sources of hard currency.
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