168 fined for transporting palm seedlings illegally

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Updated 02 January 2013

168 fined for transporting palm seedlings illegally

The Ministry of Agriculture has punished 168 Saudis and expatriates for transporting palm seedlings without carrying certificates issued by the ministry that ensure the seedlings are not infected by red palm weevils.
“Transporting palm seedlings without certificate is a clear violation of our regulations,” the ministry said. “All trucks carrying palm seedlings will be checked and those who do not possess certificates issued by the ministry will be punished,” it added.
The ministry said trucks carrying such seedlings without certificates would be caught and parked at the nearest police station until the fine is paid.
Fahd Al-Saaqan, director of the department for agricultural protection, said a fine of SR 5,000 would be imposed on each violator for the first time, adding that the fine would double if the violation is repeated.
He commended ministry officials as well as security officers for keeping a watch on people carrying palm seedlings to different parts of the Kingdom without permission.
“There are some people who exploit the ignorance of truck drivers in transporting unauthorized palm seedlings from one city to another,” Al-Saaqan said.
He said the cities that apply agricultural quarantine include Qatif, Al-Ahsa, Wadi Al-Dawasser and Al-Kharj as well as Quraieya, Dareya, Riyadh, Tabuk and Najran, Unaizah, Riyadh Al-Khobara, Buraidah and Bakeriya.
He urged Saudis and expatriates not to carry any palm seedlings from one farm to another or one city to another or one region to another without the ministry’s permission.


Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

Updated 18 January 2020

Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, held talks in New York with Taher El-Sonni, Libya’s UN ambassador and permanent representative. 

The two sides discussed issues of mutual concern and latest political developments in the region. 

Al-Mouallimi congratulated El-Sonni for his new apppointment and conveyed the Saudi leadership’s best wishes for prosperity, stability and progress to the Libyan people. 

Al-Mouallimi reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of any foreign interference in the Libyan affairs, adding that Riyadh will continue to push all concerned parties to reach a political solution that guarantees the unity of Libya and saves
people’s lives.