AA / Tunis
The head of the Libyan national unity government, Abdelhamid Dbeibeh, said on Friday that the decision to close the borders with Tunisia was taken due to the health situation and would be short-lived.
According to a press release from the Presidency of the Republic, the meeting between Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed and Dbeibeh focused on Tunisian-Libyan cooperation relations, the health situation in Tunisia and the issue of border closures.
Libya announced Thursday the closure of its borders with Tunisia for a week, due to the worsening health situation and the spread of the Indian strain.
Dbeibeh said during the telephone interview that “the decision to close the borders with Tunisia was imposed against the background of the health situation, signaling that it would be short-lived”. And to add “that a coordination between the ministers of health of the two countries has been established on this subject”.
The Libyan official also stressed that Libya will spare no effort to support Tunisia in the fight against Covid-19, and this, through the delivery of medical equipment to southern Tunisia.
For his part, Saïed praised “the position of the Libyan government, reflecting the solidity of relations between the two countries and the two brotherly peoples who share the values of mutual aid and solidarity”.
Earlier, the Tunisian airline, Tunisair, announced the suspension of its flights to and from Libya.
This is what emerges from a statement released by the national carrier, affirming that “this decision comes in accordance with Libya’s decision to close its borders with Tunisia for a week”.
In its brief statement, Tunisair did not specify the duration of this suspension.
For several days, Tunisia has been facing a proliferation of the Indian variant “Delta”. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, the number of coronavirus contaminations since the start of the pandemic has risen to 473,229, including 15,861 deaths and 375,756 recoveries.
While the barrier of 2,082,765 people first-vaccinated against Covid has been crossed, of which 614,710 have recalled.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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