Working meeting between Tunisian and Libyan interior ministers focues on Ras Jedir border crossing and irregular migrants

Tunis: The development of the Ras Jedir border crossing between Tunisia and Libya, the elimination of difficulties in the movement of travellers, security coordination and the issue of migrants from the Sahel and sub-Saharan countries were discussed at a working meeting held in Tunis on Monday between Interior Minister Kamel Feki and his Libyan counterpart, Major General Imad Mustafa Trabelsi. The meeting was attended by senior security officials from both ministries, according to an Interior Ministry statement. During the meeting, the Libyan side expressed the 'importance of the Ras Jedir border crossing for the two peoples' and the 'commitment to work to reopen it as soon as possible for the movement of travellers and trade in good conditions as work progresses and maintenance and equipment are completed.' During the meeting, it was agreed to continue the work of the joint field team to monitor traffic at the Ras Jedir crossing and to submit serious proposals on all related issues for implementation on t he ground to facilitate the passage of travellers from both sides. The two parties stressed the need to strengthen the work of the Permanent Joint Security Committee and to continue holding coordination meetings in order to further consolidate bilateral relations and raise them to the highest level, the statement said. For his part, Interior Minister Kamel Feki stressed "the need for greater coordination and bilateral cooperation in the field of security", reflecting the fraternal relations between the two peoples and the long-standing partnership between Tunisia and Libya, particularly in the field of information exchange and the fight against organised crime. The working meeting "highlighted the importance of the issue of African migrants from the Sahel and sub-Saharan countries and their impact on the two countries and the need to limit their flow across the borders. This requires concerted efforts and joint coordination in order to find appropriate solutions that take into account the supreme interest of both countries," it said. The Libyan interior minister arrived in Tunisia on Monday for a working visit. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse