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Trucks pile-up not related to UAE’s GCC union backout

'UAE is a sister state, and difference in opinions is a normal matter' - Saudi minister.

The over-crowding of trucks at the at Al Bat'ha border outlet between the UAE and Saudi Arabia is not related to the UAE’s withdrawal from the GCC single currency union agreement, a Saudi minister has said.According to reports from newswire WAM, Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz, the second deputy premier and interior minister said that the blockage was a result of over-crowding to complete the required procedures pertaining to fingerprinting.

“'The UAE is a sister state, and difference in opinions is a normal matter”, he said, adding that it will not be possible for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, either its leadership, government or people, to confront any act with a worse act because this is not the Kingdom's pattern or practice, WAM reported.

Commenting on smuggling drugs into the Kingdom, Prince Naif said this has put a great burden on the customs officials and security men because the styles practiced by the smugglers have become complicated, the newswire said.

Hundreds of drivers had been stranded at the border last week, queuing in temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) without access to basic facilities at the Ghuweifat border crossing, WAM had reported.