Tunisia and Senegal to strengthen cooperation in priority areas | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia and Senegal to strengthen cooperation in priority areas

Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and his Senegalese counterpart Mankeur Ndiaye have agreed to consolidate bilateral cooperation in priority areas such as health, investment, trade, higher education and vocational training, at the end of the three-day visit of the Tunisian FM in Dakar.

In a joint statement released Friday evening by the Tunisian Foreign Ministry on its facebook page, the two sides stressed the “strengthening of friendship, brotherhood and solidarity relations that have always existed between the Tunisian and Senegalese peoples” .

The two Foreign Ministers reported “the convergence of views of the two countries on the main political and diplomatic issues as well as the imperative of strengthening bilateral consultations with a view to ensuring a regular harmonisation of positions on all African and international subjects,” the statement said.

They also agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, as well as securing the borders.

The two ministers also noted with satisfaction the holding of the “Tunisian-Senegalese Economic Forum” on 13 and 14 July 2017, which brought together the economic institutions and economic operators of the two countries, during which the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Chamber of Commerce of Tunis and the Chamber of Commerce of Dakar as well as a partnership agreement between the Chamber of Commerce of Bizerte and the Chamber of Commerce of Dakar.

On the other hand, the two sides decided to hold the 9th session of the Tunisian-Senegalese joint Commission in Tunis in the first half of 2018.

Senegal reiterated its support to Tunisia in the process of negotiating a preferential agreement with The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), an organisation to which Tunisia has just obtained observer status.

Source: TAP News Agency

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