By Houda Mzioudet.
Tunis, 6 May 2016:
Tunisia is to re-open its consulate in Tripoli later this month and Libyan airlines will resume . . .[restrict]flights to Tunis-Carthage airport as of the end of May, according to Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid. He was speaking today at a press conference in Tripoli with Libyan prime minister-designate Fayez Serraj
The second foreign prime minister to fly in for a lightening visit to Tripoli – Malta’s Joseph Muscat was there two days ago – Essid discussed security issues and co-operation with Serraj, in particular the situation at the border and the resumption of cross border commercial activities for Tunisian traders.
Essid was accompanied during his visit by his minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui.
Last year, Tunisia withdrew its diplomatic staff for the second time in 12 months after ten diplomats were kidnapped. They were later released.
At the beginning of December, Tunisia banned all Libya airlines from using Tunis Carthage Airport. The move, which has been extended continuously since then, followed the 24 November suicide bombing in Tunis. The country’s transportation ministry is said to have taken the move after being provided with information that terrorists based in Libya planned an attack on Tunis airport. [/restrict] [/restrict]