Beji Caid Essebsi meets Portuguese Prime Minister | Tunisia News Gazette

Beji Caid Essebsi meets Portuguese Prime Minister

President Beji Caid Essebsi met, on Tuesday at Carthage Palace, with Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa who is making an official visit to Tunisia leading his country’s delegation to the 4th Tunisian-Portuguese high-level meeting.

The Portuguese Prime Minister praised the long-standing political and diplomatic ties between the two countries who will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Presidency said in a press statement.

Quoted in the statement, Antonio Costa “hailed the unique Tunisian democratic experience in the region,” saying it enjoys the support of Portugal and the European community in general.

“The success of the Tunisian experience is a major factor of stability and development in the Mediterranean,” he added.

The Portuguese Prime Minister also emphasized his country’s interest in the consolidation of bilateral co-operation through increasing its investment in Tunisia.

The 4th Tunisian-Portuguese meeting was an opportunity to foster bilateral co-operation particularly in the economic and cultural fields through the signing of several agreements in promising niches, including vocational training and higher education.

He also noted a convergence of views on key regional issues, first and foremost the Libyan issue, noting that both countries are for a comprehensive and lasting political solution to bring stability to Libya and the entire region.

This is also the case for the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, a common challenge that both countries are struggling to fight in the framework of bilateral, regional and international mechanisms, said the Portuguese PM.

For his part, the President of the Republic pointed to the strong relations of friendship and the similarity of the democratic experiences of the two countries in a way that promotes the search for new opportunities of co-operation.

Tunisia is working at this stage to tap on the national potential for the implementation of major economic reforms to overcome the economic difficulties and achieve the expected economic recovery.

On another hand, Beji CaA�d Essebsi noted that the building of tomorrow’s society in the Mediterranean requires bringing together young people from both countries and the Mediterranean in general and to open wider prospects for them through investment in youth, education and strengthening the role of women in the Mediterranean.

On the Libyan issue, the head of state said that stability in Libya is a key factor of stability and security in North Africa and the Mediterranean.

Tunisia will spare no effort to push for a comprehensive and lasting political settlement of the Libyan crisis under the auspices of the United Nations, he stressed.

Source: TAP News Agency

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