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Egyptian Foreign Minister Samah Chokri said that his country is fully aware of the “burden borne by Tunisia as a result of the serious and tense situation in Libya,” which “requires to take the situation very seriously.” “We do not want to affect in any way Tunisia’s national security,” he added.
Speaking, Monday in Tunis, to the media at the end of a meeting with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, the head of the Egyptian diplomacy extended thanks and gratitude of President Abdelfattah Sissi to the Tunisian government for taking care of Egyptians stuck on the Tunisian-Libyan border.
Out of the 5 to 10.000 Egyptians stuck on the border, about 2,500 had been repatriated, he pointed out, explaining that this operation had faced many difficulties in the past period, some of them of logistic nature and others related to security conditions on the Libyan side of the border terminal, in addition to problems inherent to the capacity of aircrafts in terms of passengers’ number.
He specified in this regard, that Tunisian and Libyan authorities are seeking alternative solutions to repatriate the Egyptian passengers as the possibility of evacuation by sea for those facing difficulties of subsistence on the border.
The repatriation operation requires a g co-operation and co-ordination with the Tunisian bodies, he said, expressing appreciation at the instructions given by the Prime Minister to all concerned structures to facilitate the repatriation of Egyptians stuck in the Libyan border in the best conditions and as soon as possible.
According to him, the meeting had been an occasion to discuss a number of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest and to reassert common will to foster bilateral relations in the two peoples’ interest.
Answering a question about some attempts aimed to provoke discord between Tunisia and Egypt, Mr. Chokri said he is confident in “the depth of relations binding the two countries” and avert any risk to make “the least attempt to damage this relation or sow discord between the two brotherly peoples.”
In another connection, the Egyptian diplomat denied any information about the preparations for an Algerian-Egyptian military intervention to face the armed groups in Libya, asserting at the same time his country’s support to the option for political dialogue, stating “for the time being, there is no question of intervention of any nature of the Egyptian army in the Libyan territory, as its first mission consists in protecting Egypt’s security and stability.”
Source : Tunis Afrique Presse