Tunisian President Kais Saied revealed the decision to open the borders from the Tunisian side after his meeting Thursday with specialized ministers, and his briefing on the results of the meetings of the Tunisian-Libyan joint security and health ministerial committees, which took place on Wednesday on the island of Djerba (south).
A statement by the Tunisian presidency stated that the authorities of the two countries agreed to implement a health protocol “that is subject to review in light of the development of the health situation in the two countries, and that any breach of its requirements may result in a reconsideration of the decision to reopen the border crossings.”
On Wednesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Al-Jarandi said that “an agreement was reached with the Libyan authorities on the details of a health protocol before the return of the flow of movement and goods and the reopening of land crossings and airports between the two countries.”
For his part, the Prime Minister of the Libyan National Unity Government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, praised – in a statement – the efforts of Libyan and Tunisian officials, which resulted in the reopening of the borders to the movement of travelers through the border crossings of the two countries.
The file of reopening the borders was the subject of discussions between the Tunisian President and the Head of the Libyan National Unity Government during his visit to Tunisia a week ago.
The two border crossings, Ras Jedir and Dhiba, are a lifeline, through which many local Tunisian traders are active, and Libyans travel through them to Tunisia for treatment and tourism, as well as being a corridor for goods and export operations.
Saeed also decided on Thursday – in coordination with the Libyan authorities – to deploy health teams to vaccinate against the Corona virus at border crossings, and to organize intensive vaccination days at the headquarters of Tunisian diplomatic and consular missions in Libya.