Libya to Pay $250 Million to Tunisia

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Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba and Tunisian President, Kais Saied
Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba and Tunisian President, Kais Saied

On Thursday, the Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba said a total of $250 million dollars in debts, owed to Tunisia, will be paid before the end of the year.

In press statements, Dbaiba said that such debts relate to medical bills for Libyan patients and electricity dues

He stated that “the localization of treatment at home is the goal to which all efforts must be geared to achieve, as soon as possible.” The Libyan Premier pointed out that “sending for treatment abroad should not be a goal in itself, and remain indefinitely.”

Earlier today, the government’s Spokesman, Mohamed Hammouda denied rumors that Libya has deposited a billion dollars in the Tunisian central bank.

Hammouda confirmed that the matter was not discussed in the meetings between the Libyan and Tunisian government delegations.

On Wednesday, Dbaiba met with Tunisian President, Kais Saied at the Carthage Palace. In a statement, the Libyan government said that the meeting focused on discussing a number of political, economic, and security files.

During the talks, they stressed the depth of the historical relationship between the two countries, and the need to “accelerate the pace of cooperation in order to facilitate procedures between the two countries.”

The meeting was also attended Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, Al-Siddiq Al-Kabir, the Tunisian Prime Minister, Naglaa Boudin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Othman Al-Jarandi, and a number of ministers from the two countries.

On his part, Dbaiba confirmed that the visit “aims to discuss a number of agreements that contribute to creating fruitful economic cooperation, and to facilitate a number of procedures of particular interest to Libyan citizens and businessmen.”

The meeting saw discussions on strengthening economic relations, the recent agreements signed by the Tunisian delegation to Tripoli, and setting up the necessary implementation mechanisms for the interests of the two countries. In addition to facilitating the work of Libyan businessmen in Tunisia.

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