Libya and Egypt to Open Border Consulates

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan [Zidan] has announced that Libya and Egypt are to open border-related consulates between the two countries.

Speaking on a visit to Cairo, he said the Libyan consulate would be opened in Mersa Matruh, and an Egyptian one in Tobruk (pictured).

According to a report from Libya Herald, the move should make it easier for locals on both sides of the border to obtain visas to cross and visit relatives on the other side.

"We are both working on making things easier," Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said at a press conference.

In February, residents of the western Egyptian cities of Salloum [Sollum] and Sidi Barrani blocked the main road to Libya to protest against new rules requiring Egyptians to apply for visas ahead of time.

(Sources: Libya Herald)

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