Libya to reopen border with Tunisia

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Vehicles line up at Libya's Ras Ejder Border crossing with Tunisia, on Nov. 14, 2020. Libyan authorities on Saturday announced reopening of the country's border crossing with Tunisia after months of closure over the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Mohamed Arhoma/Xinhua)
Vehicles line up at Libya’s Ras Ejder Border crossing with Tunisia. Libyan authorities on Saturday announced the reopening of the country’s border crossing with Tunisia after months of closure over the COVID-19 pandemic. /Photo by Mohamed Arhoma/Xinhua)

The Libyan government on Thursday announced that it will reopen its border with neighboring Tunisia starting from Friday, after more than two months of closure.

“The decision (to reopen border) is a result of the meeting between the Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah and the Tunisian President Kais Saied in Tunisia a few days ago,” said a statement issued by the Libyan government’s information office.

“The meeting also resulted in the formation of a joint ministerial committee to evaluate the security and health situations, which eventually came up with the decision to reopen the border,” the statement said.

The two sides agreed to implement necessary security and health measures to facilitate the movement of people and goods between the two countries, the statement added.

Earlier in June, the Libyan authorities closed the border with Tunisia due to increased numbers of COVID-19 infections.

The Libyan government decided to reopen the border with Tunisia in August. However, Tunisia has kept the border closed due to the unstable pandemic situation in both countries.

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