Salvini, in Tunis, vows maximum cooperation with Tunisia

Essebsi calls relations with Italy a great resource

27 September, 17:00

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, SEPTEMBER 27 - Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, on an official visit to Tunisia on Thursday, met with his counterpart there and confirmed "maximum common effort" between the countries on immigration, security, the fight against terrorism, and economic development.

    Italian Ambassador to Tunisia Lorenzo Fanara welcomed Salvini, along with Ezzedine El Amri, director-general for international cooperation at the Tunisian Interior Ministry.

    Salvini then met with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, who said "the friendship and close collaboration between Italy and Tunisia are a great resource that must be harnessed to continue to work at further diversification in areas of bilateral cooperation".

    In a statement posted on Essebsi's Facebook page, the president said "challenges that threaten security and stability of Mediterranean countries and the region, and hinder their development efforts, require a closer coordination and closer cooperation to overcome them".

    Salvini said his visit to Tunisia shows the deep friendship between the two countries and Italy's willingness to consolidate and diversify its cooperation in the economic, social, cultural, and security sectors, to face common challenges.

    He praised Tunisian democracy and steps taken by the government towards strengthening democratic institutions.

    He also encouraged Italian investors to establish themselves in the country to create job opportunities for young Tunisians.(ANSAmed).

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