22 February 2013

Egypt Asks Libya to Resolve Borders' Problems

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday 21/2/2013 that it is closely following up what is going on the Egyptian-Libyan borders.

"Contacts are underway with the Libyan authorities and the Libyan ambassador in Cairo to facilitate the passage of the Egyptian citizens to Libya in a normal way," Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Ali el-Ashiri said.

Egypt has held contacts with officials in Tripoli and the Libyan embassy in Cairo to inquire about the reasons behind problems facing the movement of goods and passengers into the Libyan side, said deputy assistant foreign minister for Libyan and Arab Maghreb affairs Yousef el-Sharqawi.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry also asked the Libyan side whether new measures were imposed regarding the borders, Sharqawi told MENA.

The Egypt-Libya borders are currently open on both sides, he said, adding that the congestion at the borders now was the result of their closure on February 14-18 during celebrations of the Libyan revolution anniversary, he said.

A delegation from Matrouh governorate was assigned with visiting Libya's Tobruk city to tackle the issue, Sharqawi said.

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