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Joint Tunisian-Moroccan willingness to overcome customs difficulties impeding trade development

Published the:  20/06/2017

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(TAP special correspondent Moufida Ben Touati) – The President of the Government Youssef Chahed and his Moroccan counterpart Saâdeddine El Othmani agreed to overcome customs difficulties impeding trade development between both countries, that fall short of expectations.

They pointed out at a joint press conference Monday at the headquarters of the Moroccan Prime Ministry in Rabat, The two countries' convergence of views on regional and international issues in light of the developments in the region.

Chahed laid emphasis on the two governments’ keenness to increase consultations and co-ordination of positions between both countries, affirming that the 19th session of the Tunisian-Moroccan High Joint Commission (June 18-19) “helped broaden co-operation prospects in several fields, notably, trade, higher education, vocational training and employment, which will give a fresh boost to bilateral relations.”

It was also agreed to further strengthen co-operation in matters of security in light of the security challenges facing the region, in particular fight against terrorism, Saâdeddine El Othmani said.

Speaking about the Libyan file, both sides reasserted commitment to the Libyan political agreement inked on 2015 in Skhirat under the aegis of the United Nations Organisation (UNO) as a reference framework to any Libyan dialogue.

The two ministers pointed out in this regard, the efforts exerted to support Libyans in the comprehensive political settlement process, renewing both countries’ rejection of any military intervention.

Besides, they stressed the need to overcome the deadlock in the edification of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) so as to promote the joint action of its institutions and support its structures, underlining the need to show a strong political willingness and serious work for AMU five member countries to overcome difficulties, according to a joint press release at the end of the commission works.

Youssef Chahed visited Monday morning the Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat, where he paused and recited the Fatiha in his memory.

Besides, the PG was received by Moroccan Parliament Speaker Habib El Malki, laying emphasis during the meeting on the need to increase visits' exchange between the two countries' officials in several fields, particularly the economy and human resources development.

El Malki proposed for his part, to organise a Tunisian-Moroccan parliamentary forum at the end of 2017 at the Moroccan parliament headquarters