Algeria to re-open land border with Tunisia — president

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ALGIERS — Algeria said Tuesday it would reopen its land bor-der with Tunisia later this month, more than two years after it was shut at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.اضافة اعلان

“We have taken the joint decision to reopen the land border from July 15,” said President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

He was speaking at Algiers airport alongside his Tunisian counterpart President Kais Saied, who was leaving the country after attending a huge parade marking 60 years since Algeria’s independence from France.

Passengers had been blocked from crossing the border since March 2020 to stop the COVID-19 illness spreading, although cargo traffic had con-tinued.

Being cut off from a neighbor of some 44 million people has dealt a seri-ous blow to Tunisia’s tourism industry.

More than 3 million Algerians usually visit the country every year, ac-cording to local media.

Air and sea links between the two countries were restored in June 2021.

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