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Lebanon asks Algeria to exempt from sugar export ban

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DOHA: Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati told the Algerian foreign minister in a meeting on Sunday that he hoped Algiers would consider exempting Lebanon from an Algerian sugar export ban.

The news was published by Mikati’s office on Twitter, after Algeria banned on March 13 the export of foodstuffs that it imports including sugar.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati requested that his country be exempted from the decision taken by Algeria to ban the export of sugar.

The statement stated by the Presidency of the Lebanese Council of Ministers: “Prime Minister Najib Mikati continued his meetings in Qatar, on the second day of his participation in the Doha Forum,” in Qatar. 

He added, “President Mikati received Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra and discussed with him the bilateral relations between the two countries.”

Before he continued: “The Prime Minister asked the Algerian minister to convey his wishes to the Algerian government to exempt Lebanon from the decision to ban the export of sugar. As part of helping Lebanon to face the repercussions of the war in Ukraine.

Algeria was not the only country to ban the export of foodstuffs that are widely consumed in the Arab region. This procedure was preceded by Egypt and Lebanon.

In a cabinet meeting on March 14, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered a ban on the export of sugar, pasta, oil, semolina, and all wheat derivatives.

President Tebboune also instructed the Minister of Justice to prepare a draft law that would criminalize the export of materials not produced locally, as an act of sabotage to the national economy.

During the meeting, the President listened to a joint presentation between the agriculture and trade sectors, on “the abundance of strategic foodstuffs and the prospects for the production of basic agricultural materials.”

In Egypt, the Ministry of Trade and Industry issued a statement on March 10. The decision to stop exporting Beans, lentils, wheat, flour of all kinds, and pasta. This is for a period of 3 months.

An official in the trade sector in Egypt attributed the decision to “the escalation of political tensions between Russia and Ukraine,” and said that it aimed “to protect the prices of products and ensure their availability in the local market.”

In Lebanon, the Minister of Industry confirmed on March 10 “The Ministry’s decision not to allow the export of foodstuffs Manufactured in Lebanon. Only after obtaining an export license from the Ministry of Industry.

The Lebanese minister said that this decision “comes within the framework of a long-term vision to preserve the strategic food stock.”

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