Lebanon says it is ready to cooperate to fight drug smuggling after Saudi ban

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BEIRUT, April 23 (Reuters) - Lebanon is ready to cooperate with all states to fight drug smuggling after Saudi Arabia banned the import and transit of Lebanese fruit and vegetables due to the illicit trade, the Lebanese caretaker interior minister said on Friday.

Lebanese security "has been exerting tremendous efforts combating drug smuggling," Mohamed Fahmy told Reuters, adding that smugglers might sometimes succeed despite those "meticulous" efforts.

He also called for "more cooperation" between the security services in the two countries.

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Reporting by Maha El Dahan; Editing by Edmund Blair

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