CaA�d Essebsi-Macron talk: prospects for expanding bilateral co-operation discussed | Tunisia News Gazette

CaA�d Essebsi-Macron talk: prospects for expanding bilateral co-operation discussed

President Beji CaA�d Essebsi met, Wednesday at Carthage Palace, with French President Emmanuel Macron, who began a two-day state visit to Tunisia, heading a high-level delegation, at the invitation of his Tunisian counterpart.

The meeting discussed the evolution of the relations of friendship and co-operation between Tunisia and France and way to expand them in all fields “to hoist these relations to the level of the opportunities available in both countries”, the Presidency said in a press release.

During this meeting, the two presidents welcomed the signing of 8 co-operation agreements in the fields of defence, security, justice, education, higher education, scientific research, vocational training, culture, economic development and entrepreneurship as well as governance in the public sector.

According to the same statement, the meeting also reviewed all regional and international issues of common interest.

In this regard, the two officials pointed to the convergence of the two countries’ views on various regional and international issues, including, first and foremost, the fight against terrorism, radicalisation and illegal migration.

They also stressed the urgent need to boost the dialogue between the Libyan protagonists, to quickly bring about a comprehensive political settlement of the Libyan crisis on the basis of the UN agreement.

They reaffirmed their support for the action plan of Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassen Salame.

Presidents Caid Essebsi and Macron also emphasised the need to reach a just, comprehensive and lasting settlement to the Palestinian cause, in accordance with the resolutions of international legality.

President Beji Caid Essebsi hosted a dinner in honor of the French President, his wife and the ministerial delegation accompanying him.

The dinner was attended by the Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives, the Prime Minister and some government members.

Representatives of political parties and national organisations as well as several cultural and economic figures from both countries were also invited.

Source: TAP news Agency

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