7 January 2013

Tunisia: Ras Jedir Border Crossing to Re-Open Soon - Jebali

Tripoli — "The Ras Jedir border crossing will be re-opened to the traffic of goods soon after the adoption of necessary measures," Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said Monday in Tripoli.

After his talk with Libyan Interim Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, he said that competent authorities (Interior and Defence) have been instructed to urgently take all necessary measures to re-open this border crossing and stop any security drift that risks to impede the free movement of goods in both directions.

"My visit to Libya is purely political," he said, noting that "the security issue, ways to protect the borders, trade and smuggling were on the agenda of his talk with his Libyan counterpart.

In this connection, he deemed essential overcoming "the shortfalls" in addressing these issues, in order to recover security and vitalise the development process in the two countries.

This visit was an opportunity to establish a strategic approach to settle all the security, social and economic issues between Tunisia and Libya, he indicated.

He also said that all conditions are conducive to the establishment of an "exemplary co-operation," between the two countries and the adoption of a pragmatic approach to energise the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), as an irreversible entity in perfect interaction with its Arab, African and Mediterranean environment.

Earlier, the Interim PM had conferred with President of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC) Mohamed el-Megaryef.

The talk focused on ways to further develop co-operation between Tunisia and Libya.

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