The Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Al-Bukhari, said that more than 600 million narcotic pills and hundreds of kilograms of hashish were seized in Saudi Arabia in 6 years.
Al-Bukhari pointed out in a statement to the Saudi Al-Arabiya channel that “the quantities that are thwarted by smuggling are sufficient to drown the entire Arab world with drugs and psychotropic substances, not only Saudi Arabia.”
And Lebanese media reported that Al-Bukhari left Beirut for Saudi Arabia two days ago, without clarifying the reason for the departure and whether it was related to the recent Saudi decision or that he was summoned to consult.
However, Al-Bukhari clarified in a televised interview that he “left Lebanon on a regular vacation,” noting that he “informed the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this regard.”
Saudi Arabia announced last Friday that it had banned the entry of fruits and vegetables from Lebanon or transporting them through its territory until the relevant Lebanese authorities provide guarantees to stop drug smuggling operations into Saudi Arabia.