Helping Tunisia

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new measures could mean that the next time this Tunisian waves, it will be to welcome back British tourists

new measures could mean that the next time this Tunisian waves, it will be to welcome back British tourists

Funded by the British Embassy in Tunisia, new security measures have been introduced to help Tunisia protect itself and visitors from terrorist attacks. British and German experts have been assisting the various Tunisian authorities in establishing what measures should be implemented, then training locals to understand and operate the new systems and, finally, introducing them along with tests to find any loopholes.

The advantages of the help and co-operation that has been provided is that it clearly demonstrates to countries that we are willing to assist and not just claim security lapses and walk away. Surely when the measures have been up and running for a while, the Foreign Office will review its policy and remove its ban on travelling to Tunisia. If it doesn’t what does it say about the quality of the assistance that has been given?

But travellers should heed an age-old truism. Be cautious and careful because the determined will generally succeed and all the efforts put in by everybody concerned cannot be 100% successful. In fact we will never know how successful the measures will be because we will probably never be told that any attacks were planned and thwarted.

To Just about Travel, this seems to be exactly the sort of thing that we should be doing and using our overseas development budget for. Similar work should be carried out in Egypt (it may be happening for all I know) so that travellers can feel confident about returning to favourite holiday destinations.

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