Minister of Defence lays foundation stone for Remeda air base
04/12/2018 18:08, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - An air base intended for military and civilian use will soon be created in the delegation of Remada of Tataouine governorate.

During a visit to the first Saharan territorial military group in Remada, Defence Minister Abdelkrim Zbidi, on Tuesday, laid the foundation stone for this base to be built near the military airstrip in the area.

"The base will enable the deployment of permanent air units in southern Tunisia, so as to increase the operational capabilities of the army in the depths of the Tunisian desert and improve the speed of intervention missions in the fight against terrorism, smuggling and organised crime and search and rescue," Zbidi said in a speech to the military.

This new air base will also allow opening up the Saharan areas, thanks to its use by civil aviation as is the case for the airports of Gabes, Sfax, Gafsa, he added.

It will also boost the socio-economic life in the region, through the promotion of tourism, cultural, agricultural and transport activities in the framework of structured projects to promote the Saharan triangle, he pointed out.

Zbidi said the Remada air base will be followed by a series of important projects aimed at creating jobs and improving the living conditions of the inhabitants of the Borj El Khadra area, so as to keep them in the region.

In addition, the Minister of National Defence welcomed the first results of the mobile electronic border surveillance system that went into operation last April.

"The results of this system were very positive," he said, noting that the first part of the fixed border electronic surveillance system is expected to be operational in the coming days.

On the other hand, the Minister of National Defence reaffirmed the department's commitment to open a multidisciplinary military hospital in the governorate of Tataouine, noting that this hospital will also be open to civilians, to enable them to benefit from medical specialties that are not available in the area.

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