Libya will pay off its debts to Tunisia, amounting to US$ 250 million, before the end of this year. The promise was made by Libyan prime minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba during his two-day multi-ministerial visit to the neighbouring country that started Wednesday.
Libya’s debt includes US$ 85 million to the electricity sector, US$ 30 million to the civil aviation, and US$ 85 million to health clinics.
Speaking at the joint press conference with his counterpart, Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Bouden, Aldabaiba:
– Asked for the accelerating of the pace of bilateral cooperation in order to facilitate procedures for citizens between the two countries.
– Said the joint Libyan-Tunisian Higher Committee would soon convene in Tripoli to evaluate what was agreed upon between the two sides.
– He said the two sides were examining ways of joint security cooperation in the field of training.
– Prospects for cooperation in the health and trade fields would be opened and lifting restrictions on imported goods between the two countries.
– He said the two sides were discussing increasing flights, linking airports, launching a shipping line and upgrading the Ras Jdair land border crossing, including the opening of new passage gates.
– He called for the return of Tunisian construction companies and establishments to invest in Libya.
– He promised to strengthen the agreement in the field of arbitration cases and the two justice ministers would review all judgments.
– Cultural cooperation and reviving artistic activities would also be renewed and revived.
Aldabaiba wished the Tunisian people the best in their forthcoming 17 December elections, adding that the stability of Libya and Tunisia pushes the two countries towards progress and prosperity.