Tunisia welcomes partial lifting of travel curbs on Belgian nationals

Tunis (IINA) � Tunisia on Wednesday welcomed a move by Belgium to partially lift travel restrictions on its nationals imposed following a deadly attack on a Tunisian beach resort in 2015.

I welcome Belgium’s decision to lift part of the restrictions on travel to Tunisia, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui told reporters after meeting with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders in Tunis.

I think this is an important decision as it recognizes Tunisian efforts concerning security, he added.

Reynders said the decision was not just a gesture but that it reflected changes on the security front in Tunisia, adding: The changes we have made to our travel advice clearly comes from progress made on the ground.”

Belgium placed restrictions on travel to Tunisia following a gun and grenade attack in June 2015 at the Tunisian beach resort of Sousse that killed 38 foreign holidaymakers.

Reynders affirmed that Brussels will continue to support Tunisia’s democratic transition, especially within the European Union, by convincing the EU member states on the need to support this democratic model in the region at all the economic, political and security levels through actions like those taken by Belgium.

On February 24, Belgium relaxed curbs on nationals traveling to Tunisia and the coastal region in the north but advised against visits near the border with Algeria and to southern areas, according to a statement published by the Belgian Foreign Ministry on its website.

Source: International Islamic News Agency