In a major move that will add to Lebanon’s economic woes, Saudi Arabia announced a ban on imports of fruits and vegetables from the country located in the Middle East, citing rise in drug smuggling.
The ban will last until Lebanese authorities take stringent measures to curb the menace of drug smuggling in Saudi Arabia, state news agency SPA reported.
The Lebanese foreign ministry had been informed of the ban through the Saudi embassy, Reuters reported.
“Lebanese authorities must exert utmost efforts to control all smuggling operations to prevent harm to innocent citizens, farmers, industrialists and the Lebanese economy,” the country’s foreign ministry said.
Located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon’s economic crisis is posing a threat to its stability since the 1975-1990 civil war. Its currency has lost about 90% of its value since late 2019.
Over the past one-and-half year, over 50% of the country’s population has fallen into poverty.