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Mortada contacts Kuwaiti Trade Minister, sends two letters to General Food Authority in Kuwait & Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to followup on export issue

NNA - Caretaker Minister of Agriculture, Abbas Mortada, addressed a correspondence letter to the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which he followed-up on the issue of exporting Lebanese products to the Arab Gulf states, explaining 'the need to communicate with the Kuwaiti brethrens and inform them of the correspondence addressed within the official diplomatic protocol.'

Mortada's move came after receiving a report from the Lebanese Commercial Attaché at the Lebanese Embassy in the State of Kuwait on the invitation of the General Authority for Food and Nutrition in Kuwait to a meeting aimed at examining the status and eligibility of Lebanese food and agricultural exports to Kuwait.

In the same context, Mortada sent a letter to the General Authority for Food and Nutrition in Kuwait, in which he affirmed Lebanon's commitment to international food standards, especially those issued by the Codex Alimentarius, emphasizing that Lebanon has been a member of the Commission since its establishment, apart from Lebanon's partnership agreement with the European Union and the European Free Trade Association. He also stressed Lebanon's adherence to the European Protocol in updating the regulations of registered agricultural pesticides that are permitted for use, in addition to Lebanon's commitment to most international standards and their approved procedures for the quality of production and food health.

'The laboratories of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute are constantly updating their systems and scientific and human efficiency and continue to keep pace with global standards, ensuring the safety and quality of Lebanese products that are examined and approved for export, subject to the results of these advanced laboratories,' Mortada corroborated.

He concluded his letter by confirming 'Lebanon's keenness on coordinating and cooperating with all its Arab brethrens, especially with regards to the safety of imported products,' and its 'commitment to its membership in the Arab Facilitation Agreement and the Arab Specialized Team for Food Safety, unification of Arab standards and aligning them with international standards.'

Also in this context, Mortada contacted Kuwaiti Minister of Trade and Industry, Abdallah Salman, reassuring him of 'Lebanon's keen interest in the safety of the Kuwaiti people which is no less than its concern for the safety of the Lebanese people.'

The call was a chance to discuss several axes in this regard, with emphasis on striving to preserve and develop Lebanon's distinguished and lasting relationship with Kuwait, which has spared no effort to support Lebanon, the Lebanese people and state.