ROME, FEBRUARY 9 – “Italy and Tunisia are working together to stop human traffickers in the Mediterranean”, the Italian minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano said in Rome on Thursday after the signature of a joint declaration with his Tunisian counterpart, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui.
The text illustrates the priorities of bilateral cooperation in different sectors, including the partnership for development, the electrical interconnection project, youth exchange programmes, and reinforcing cooperation in the field of security. The two ministers also signed a framework agreement for the concerted management of migrations, which aims to effectively combat illegal immigration, human trafficking and to strengthen borders. Minister Alfano confirmed the pledge to modernize and maintain a number of guard ships which Italy gave to the Tunisian National Guard, and to provide training in maritime border protection. Tunisia is a key partner for Mediterranean stability. Today Italy pledged an additional 165,5 million Euros for the development plan 2017-2020, which will add to about 200 millions already in budged and waiting to be delivered.
Within the framework of the State Visit to Italy by the Tunisian President of the Republic, Beji Caid Essebsi, Minister Alfano will also sign a number of agreements on cultural cooperation, development cooperation, health care, and transport, while his colleague for the Environment Gianluca Galletti signed a memorandum of understanding on climate change and renewable energy. (@OnuItalia)