Lifting travel restrictions to Tunisia aims to boost Tunisian tourism (Alistair Burt) | Tunisia News Gazette

Lifting travel restrictions to Tunisia aims to boost Tunisian tourism (Alistair Burt)

British authorities decided to lift the travel ban to Tunisia except for several regions, UK’s Minister of State for the Department for International Development and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth office Alistair Burt announced Wednesday during a telephone conversation with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Sabri Bachtobji.

Quoted as saying in a Foreign Ministry press statement, Burt said this decision aims notably to boost the tourism sector in Tunisia comes following the clear improvement of the security situation in the country.

It also comes to materialise the fruitful co-operation between both countries in this field, he added hailing the important efforts made by the security and military institutions to secure sites, monuments and sightseeing tours in all regions of the country.

The Foreign Ministry further stressed that the contacts established with the British side concerning lifting the restrictions to travel to Tunisia had not ceased since the announcement in 2015 following the terrorist attack that targeted the Marhaba Imperial Hotel on June 26, 2015 in Sousse.

The latest contact with the British side dates back to May 3 on the occasion of British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson’s working visit to Tunisia, the ministry stressed.

The British minister had promised, during this visit, to reconsider the decision on the restrictions to travel to Tunisia while taking into account the privileged friendship and co-operation relations binding both countries.

Source: TAP news Agency

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