Tripoli-based Libyan Prime Minister, Abd Alhamid Aldabiba, discussed at his office yesterday the executive procedures for activating the Ghadames-Debdeb border crossing, and several related economic files, with the Algerian ambassador to Libya, Suleiman Chenine.
The Libyan government reported that the Algerian ambassador assured Aldabaiba of his country’s support for the government’s efforts to stabilize and reach the elections.
Meanwhile, the Spokesperson for the Municipal Council of Ghadames, Ahmed Othman, was quoted earlier in the day by several Libyan media outlets saying that the Ghadames-Debdeb border crossing between cannot be opened except after a meeting between the officials of the two countries has taken place. However, the place or date of this meeting has not yet been determined.
He said the delay in holding the meeting is due to matters related to the central departments of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior in both countries.
Othman said the crossing from the Libyan side still needs some equipment, and at the beginning of its opening it will be limited to the exchange of goods only.
He stressed that his municipality does not have any role in managing the crossing, because it is run by a civil administration affiliated with the Ministry of Transportation, and a security administration affiliated with the Ministry of Interior.
Reopening was also discussed with Transport Minister
It will also be recalled that the reopening of the Ghadames-Debdeb border crossing was also discussed on 5 April between Libya’s Transport Minister, Mohamed Al-Shahubi, and the Algerian ambassador and his accompanying delegation, during a meeting at the Ministry’s Tripoli headquarters.