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Cazeneuve: "Knowledge, intelligence, culture and university are best ways to fight against fanaticism"

Published the:  07/04/2017

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"What brings together Tunisia and France is the will to win the bets of access to knowledge and culture to allow the decompartmentalization of minds," French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Friday.

"Knowledge, intelligence, culture and the university are the best means to fight against fanaticism and all forms of intolerance," he told a news conference at the government palace in Kasbah at the end of his meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

Hit by terrorism, France and Tunisia remained firmly attached facing this phenomenon, he said, noting that bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism developed significantly, in particular between the police and intelligence.

Cazeneuve, who is currently on a two-day visit to Tunisia on April 6 and 7, also considered it essential to find a political solution to the crisis in Libya, based on the Skhirat agreements signed in 2015.

According to him, it is an essential condition for restoring peace and stability, but also for controlling the flow of illegal migration, ending human trafficking and eradicating terrorism, he added.

In turn, Youssef Chahed said he had "frank and constructive discussions" with his French counterpart, which he said had shown a strong common will to develop bilateral cooperation in all fields.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister commended the conversion by France of a new part of the Tunisian debts (30 million Euros) in development projects.

While reaffirming Tunisia's rejection of any form of extremism, Chahed underlined the government's willingness to strengthen its partnership with France in the fight against terrorism.

"This phenomenon has neither religion nor nationality," he said.

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is on a two-day visit to Tunisia at the head of a large high-level delegation.

During this visit, he was accompanied by the President of the French National Assembly, Claude Bartolone and three other MPs (Michel Vauzelle Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, Michel Ménard President of the Tunisia-France friendship group at the National Assembly and Jean Pierre Sueur President of the Senate friendship group).