Remada — Caretaker president Moncef Marzouki went on Thursday morning to the military buffer zone of Remada.
Escorted by defence minister Rachid Sabbagh and army chief of staff Mohamed Salah Hamdi, the president toured the closed zone and then went to the common military compound housing the army, the police and the customs department located 5 kms off Tunisian-Libyan borders.
On board army helicopters, the president and the accompanying delegation, on a reconnaissance tour, enquired about the different military and security patrols and the permanent and mobile units deployed from the zone of D'hiba up to the city of Ben Guerdane.
« Known for its intense smuggling activities between Tunisia, Libya and Algeria, this zone has just received security and military reinforcements to tighten control and crack down on smuggling and more particularly on arms dealing notably after the terrorist attacks in Tunisia », security sources told TAP news agency special correspondent.
As to Mr. Sabbagh, he categorically denied any foreign military presence in the buffer zone and the existence of a plan to set up a foreign military base in the region.