By Houda Mzioudet.
Tripoli, 12 June, 2013:
Ali Zeidan paid one-day visit to Tunisia today, his first since becoming Prime Minister last year. . . .[restrict]He visited every other one of Libya’s six neighbours very early on in his premiership, but Tunisia missed out.
Accompanied by a senior ministerial delegation which arrived on Tuesday to prepare for the visit, he met with his Tunisian counterpart Ali Larayedh with whom he discussed the state of bilateral relations and regional affairs.
This visit follows swift on the heals of a major energy agreement in Tripoli between Libyan Minister of oil and Gas, Abdulbari Al-Arusi, and Tunisian Industry Minister Mahdi Jumaa at which Libya agreed to supply Tunisia with 10 million barrels of oil between August and the end of 2014 at preferential prices, and take a stake in the proposed $2-billion oil refinery in Skhira.
In addition to political and security issues, today’s visit saw Zeidan and Larayedh evaluate the progress of other agreements already signed in the commercial, financial, social and energy sectors,
According to the Tunisian Prime Ministry, the premiers also examined the means to develop the two countries’ border zones and to improve the flow of people and goods between them. [/restrict]