Saudis: Stop Israeli Products Entering Kingdom

Ad Feedback - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabian government officials warned importers to do what's necessary to stop Israeli products from entering the country.

While Israel and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, some Israeli products enter Saudi Arabia, usually via another country, where the goods are repacked and relabeled.

The Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry warned that Israeli exports, including agricultural products, may be carcinogenic.

Besides agricultural products, Saudis value certain items manufactured in Israel, such as desalination systems, irrigation equipment, high tech products, such as computer chips, and security systems.

Speaking with The Media Line, an Israeli industrialist dismissed the Saudi accusation that Israeli products contained carcinogenic material.

"Every so often, we see reports of this kind in the Saudi media. I believe it is part of the Saudi demonization of relations with Israel," he said.

"We make sure that no products are manufactured that endanger the Israeli consumer so this claim is unfounded," he said.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said illegal products from Israel, China and Taiwan were being smuggled into the country along the Arabian Peninsula coastline.

Sources: The Media Line, The Jerusalem Post

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