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The Lebanese Foreign Ministry hosts a meeting to solve the crisis of preventing products from entering the Gulf countries


Today, Monday, the Acting Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants in the Lebanese caretaker government, Zina Aker, recommended limiting export crossings to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, especially Saudi Arabia, at the present time to Beirut Port only, with priority given to expediting the securing, purchasing and installing a scanner in Beirut Port in As soon as possible.


This came during a meeting at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve the crisis of preventing the entry of Lebanese agricultural products into the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and putting them into practice, in the presence of the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Brigadier General Muhammad Fahmy, Minister of Finance Ghazi Wazni, Minister of Industry Imad Hoballah, and Minister of Agriculture Abbas Mourtada, Chairman and members of the National Economy, Trade, Industry and Planning Committee of the Lebanese Parliament.

 


The meeting issued a number of recommendations, most notably the formation of a ministerial committee headed by the Minister of Interior and Municipalities to follow up on the procedures and recommendations taken in the short and medium term, establishing a risk department in the Lebanese Customs Directorate, preventing secondment to customs brokers, and determining customs clearance for office owners.


The recommendations to solve the crisis of preventing the entry of Lebanese products to the Gulf countries included seeking to activate the coordination of information programs between the Lebanese customs and customs in the Gulf Cooperation Countries, and informing the factories and places of agricultural equipment prepared for export with the dates of their packing for the exported goods, which would allow the General Directorate of Customs and the security forces to conduct unannounced visits to monitor packing and processing, in addition to To provide space in Beirut port to unload and repack goods under the supervision of the security forces and the General Directorate of Customs, and to install 24-hour surveillance cameras.

 

The meeting agreed - in the context of strengthening relations with the countries concerned - on judicial cooperation to work on completing investigations into the smuggled shipment of pomegranate filled with Captagon pills and others as soon as possible, noting that two shipments were also confiscated at Sidon port and Rafic Hariri International Airport, and a number of wanted persons were arrested.


The meeting also recommended that the media shed light on all the raids carried out by the security services and the General Directorate of Customs, controlling smuggling operations, confiscating goods, arresting and prosecuting suspects, and informing public opinion about them.

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