Netherlands eases travel restrictions to Tunisia | Tunisia News Gazette

Netherlands eases travel restrictions to Tunisia

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Wednesday in The Hague the relaxation of travel restrictions to Tunisia due to the improvement of the security situation in the country. The Netherlands had taken this measure of restrictions in the wake of the 2015 Sousse attack.

The decision to boost the tourism sector in Tunisia comes at a time in which the country is recording a significant improvement in the security situation in most of its regions, said Rutte after his meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

It is also part of materialising the fruitful co-operation between the two countries in this field, he added, welcoming the important efforts exerted by the security and military institutions to secure the sites, monuments and tourist circuits in all regions of the country.

The Dutch Prime Minister pointed out that contacts between the two countries to lift travel restrictions to Tunisia have been constant since its announcement in 2015, following the terrorist attack targeting the Imperial Marhaba hotel on June 26, 2015, in Sousse.

Besides, Rutte commended the steps taken by Tunisia on the path of political and economic transition, calling the living forces in Tunisia to preserve the Revolution achievements.

For his part, Youssef Chahed pointed out the significant development of relations binding Tunisia and the Netherlands, especially after the 2011 Revolution, which finds expression in the high-level visits between the two countries.

In another connection, Chahed called on the Dutch to come and invest in Tunisia in view of the favourable business climate prevailing in the country today and the noteworthy improvement in the security situation, specifying that economic co-operation is still short of expectations.

The meeting between the two officials focused on bilateral co-operation and means to boost it, the political transition process, the municipal elections, decentralisation, security, counter-terrorism and irregular emigration.

Earlier in the day, the PM had talks in The Hague with Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands Khadija Arib and President of the Senate Ankie Broekers-knol.

Source: TAP News Agency

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