Algeria, Libya agree free movement deal

Two neighbouring countries reach agreement on free movement of people, vehicles without restrictions.

Algeria, Libya agree free movement deal

Algeria and Libya have reached agreement on the free movement of people and vehicles between the two countries, the Algerian news agency APS reported Tuesday.

The two neighbouring countries also agreed to "raise the level of their political consultations", following a meeting of their prime ministers in the Libyan capital Tripoli Sunday and Monday.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem and Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi announced the decisions at a joint press conference in Tripoli, APS said.

"The Algerian and Libyan officials announced measures to encourage the free movement of people and vehicles without financial or administrative restrictions. These measures will take effect from today," it said.

The decision provides the clarification sought by Algiers following a statement by Libyan Interior Minister Salah Rajab on January 31, announcing the introduction of visas for all foreigners entering Libya, including citizens of the five-nation Arab Maghreb Union, without setting a precise date.

The announcement had drawn sharp reaction from Algerian Interior Minister Yazid Zerhouni.

The two countries also decided to increase the level of political consultation, hold talks over oil and revitalize the security committee to hold periodic meetings, the Algerian news agency said.

In addition, the Libyan and Algerian officials agreed to increase the amount of investment between the two countries, to boost the number of scheduled flights and to remove customs barriers.

Goods produced in Algeria and Libya will be considered "national produce" in the markets of both countries.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16