Algerian-Libyan bilateral meetings: Transport ministers examine reopening of borders

ALGIERS- The Minister of Transport and Public Works, Kamel Nasri, discussed, Sunday in Algiers, with his Libyan counterpart, Mohamed Salem Al-Chahoubi, the reopening of border posts and the resumption of Algiers / Tripoli flights as well as the reopening of a maritime line for the transport of passengers and goods.

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ALGIERS- The Minister of Transport and Public Works, Kamel Nasri, discussed, Sunday in Algiers, with his Libyan counterpart, Mohamed Salem Al-Chahoubi, the reopening of border posts and the resumption of Algiers / Tripoli flights as well as the reopening of a maritime line for the transport of passengers and goods.

During bilateral meetings that brought together several ministers with their counterparts from the Libyan Government of National Union (GNA) within the framework of the Algerian-Libyan economic forum, the two ministers insisted on the importance of the transport sector as a “vital sector” “for the strengthening of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.

The two parties also emphasized the imperative to materialize the actions of a common strategy aimed at strengthening trade between the two countries and for the benefit of the two brotherly peoples.

During this meeting, Mr. Nasri highlighted “the importance of promoting bilateral cooperation in transport at the expected level”, while expressing the availability of the transport and public works sector in Algeria to transfer its experience to Libyan brothers.

For air transport, the minister recalled the agreements signed between the two countries in 1970, which will be reactivated through the organization of at least 4 flights per week.

Regarding border posts, Mr. Nasri said that Algeria was working on the development of border areas, especially as several of them now fall under the wilayas under the new administrative division.

He also mentioned the road connecting the post of Deb Deb to Ghadames, the Algerian part of which is in good condition in addition to that connecting Djanet to Tin Alkoum, which will be the subject of agreements for the rehabilitation of the Libyan part.

“Agreements could be concluded within the framework of these beneficial projects for both countries … There are several Algerian companies which have activated in Libya and which have a proven technical and field experience allowing them to carry out useful projects for both countries, “he said.

Mr. Nasri underlined that his department “is working on the reopening of a maritime freight transport line, especially as Algerian infrastructures are making significant progress, making it possible to ensure efficient maritime transport services at the service of both countries” .

He also referred to the significant investments made by Algeria in terms of means of maritime transport to help the two countries in the transport of goods while relying on the significant capacities of the Libyan side in this area.

Regarding public works, Algeria is working to implement a major strategy in the southern region including the opening of roads and rail lines.

For his part, Mr. Al-Chahoubi stressed the importance of bilateral actions which he described as “very effective”. “Algeria supported the Libyan side during its last crisis, he recalled, affirming that” we are working today to strengthen cooperation in view of the potentials of the two countries, “he said.

The Libyan minister also underlined the need to unify positions and provide services to the peoples of the two countries, especially in the transport sector which constitutes the true facade of a State and the basis of rapprochement between peoples “.

Mr. Al-Chahoubi expressed Libya’s willingness to open up air transport between the two countries through the relaunch of Tripoli-Algiers flights as a start.

For the Libyan minister, the reopening of airlines and the opening of a maritime line and a railway line is able to strengthen the rapprochement between the two countries in the sectors of tourism, trade and the economy in general .

The bilateral meetings which brought together members of the Algerian government and their Libyan counterparts concerned the sectors of the Interior, Labor and social security, Transport and public works, Health, Finance and Energy.

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