Libya, Algeria and Tunisia to focus on border security

January 11, 2013 - 3:25:11 am


TRIPOLI: The premiers of Algeria, Libya and Tunisia are set to meet in the Libyan oasis of Ghadames tomorrow to discuss security along their common borders, a Libyan official said.

“A tripartite meeting between the prime ministers of Algeria, Libya and Tunisia will be held on Saturday in Ghadames to discuss border security,” the protocol official said.

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said this week that the three countries will discuss “measures to secure their borders by fighting against the flow of arms and ammunition and other trafficking.”

On Monday, Zeidan hosted his Tunisian counterpart Hamadi Jebali for talks about border security and normalising traffic at the key land crossing of Ras Al Jdeir, which reopened yesterday.


Yemeni who mediated with Al Qaeda killed

ADEN: A Yemeni tribal leader who mediated between the government and Al Qaeda was killed at a checkpoint ambush in Abyan province in the country’s south yesterday, official and tribal sources said.

Al Mullah Zabahra was known for helping the government free individuals kidnapped by Al Qaeda, including the Saudi consulate’s deputy consul, who was abducted in the port city of Aden last year.

“The tribal leader was killed in an ambush, he was in his car when the armed men shot him,” said the official source.


Kuwaiti FM meets Palestinian envoy

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Sabah yesterday received the first Palestinian ambassador to the Gulf state since the Iraqi invasion in 1990, state news agency KUNA reported.

Top foreign ministry officials attended the reception of Ambassador Rami Tahboub, who is expected to submit his credentials to the emir next week. Kuwaiti and Palestinian relations were strained over perceived PLO support for former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein after he ordered his troops to invade the emirate in August 1990. Agencies