The Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah and his Tunisian counterpart, Hichem Mechichi, said shutting down borders is a temporary preventive measure that will be scrapped very soon.

A statement by the office of the Tunisian Prime Minister after a phone call with Dbeibah said the closure of borders came to save lives on both sides amid rapid spread of Coronavirus in Tunisia, reviewing as well the latest developments in Libya and the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Dbeibah told the Tunisian President on the phone on Friday that the closure of borders was due to the epidemiological situation in Tunisia, saying coordination between the two countries' health ministers would continue as usual, and reiterated that Libya would always be ready to support Tunisia, especially the southern parts of the country.

Likewise, the Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, reiterated support to Tunisia amid the spread of Coronavirus and confirmed on the phone to the Tunisian President that Libya would stand by Tunisians amid these hard times.