Italian FM discusses Libya and migration during visit to Tunisia

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 19 Jan 2023, 01:28 AM
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"Italy is watching Tunisia's stability and development attentively. We share a commitment and vision against illegal migration," Italy's Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday during a visit to Tunisia.

The comment came after his meeting with Tunisian president Kais Saied.

He added that, "we will launch a business forum to strengthen trade".

"We discussed stability of Libya. For us this is very important and we will always work together for border security.

To solve the problem of immigration, there is the need also for political agreements to reduce flows from Libya towards Tunisia and that afterwards shift to the Mediterranean and towards Italy. We are in agreement with Tunis also on Libya and we will continue to work together," Tajani said after his meeting with Saied.

"We had a very positive meeting with the interior and foreign ministers but also especially with the Tunisian president. Firm, friendly relations between the neighboring countries were confirmed. Italy is committed to continue working with Tunisia and to increase Italian investment in Tunisia, to increase the presence of businesses in Tunisia, and above all we discussed the important issue of immigration. We agreed that it is not only a problem of security and that to solve it, we need to intervene at the level of the roots" of the problem, the Italian foreign minister continued.

Tajani was accompanied on the trip on Wednesday by Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi.

"Alongside security, there is a need to work," he added, "through political actions that serve to fight poverty, terrorism, climate change, and diseases. Basically, a strategy that enables Italy to be a protagonist and that can resolve the scourge of immigration, as the Tunisian minister put it.

Together we can achieve the objectives. Tunisia is committed to resolving all problems. We will do our best so that this collaboration can be strengthened at every level and can contribute to the solution of the immigration issue over the short, medium, and long term."

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