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Tunisia extends state of emergency, hosts talks on Libya

Tunisian security forces check vehicles near the Tunisian customs post at the Ras Jedir border crossing with Libya on March 22, 2016Tunisia on Tuesday extended by three months a state of emergency imposed following jihadist attacks and hosted talks with Libya’s neighbours on the growing threat posed by the Islamic State group. Authorities also decided to reopen the border with Libya, which had been closed two weeks ago after a deadly raid on the frontier town of Ben Guerdane which they blamed on the jihadist group. Analysts and officials have said the raid was an attempt by the extremist organisation to spread its influence from Libya across the border into Tunisia.

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