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France promises to increase investments in Tunisia (Edouard Philippe)

Published the:  05/10/2017

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(TAP) – France will increase its investments in Tunisia over the next few years and participate actively in the promotion of promising projects, said Thursday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, on a working and friendship visit in Tunis.

"The French Development Agency (AFD) promises 100 million Euros of investments in Tunisia until 2020," he said during a joint press conference with his counterpart Youssef Chahed, following the first meeting of the Tunisian-French Council on high-level political dialogue.

According to Edouard Philippe who made his first trip as prime minister outside the European Union, Tunisia and France are considering a better future together. They already have dense, longstanding and powerful relations, "he said.

"Faced with common challenges, France and Tunisia are fully committed to working together to fight terrorism and radicalisation in line with the preservation of security in the region," he said.

According to Philippe, this commitment has found all its illustration in the meeting today which was marked by the signing of a series of agreements which, according to him, will not fail to boost development in Tunisia.

"The cooperation we seek to develop encompasses the economic field, foreign investment and embraces the education, higher education and vocational training sectors," he noted.

For his part, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed described as "considerable" the support provided by France to the major reforms carried out by the of national unity government.

"France continues to support Tunisia's efforts to establish democracy and development, notably through the conversion of the country's debts into development projects and the financing of an integrated development project in the Sahara", he commended.

Chahed reaffirmed both countries’ will to move forward in the fight against terrorism and extremism, calling for increased cooperation in the security and judicial field and the exchange of intelligence.

Denouncing the two young women's knife attack last Sunday in Marseille, the Prime Minister underlined that the Tunisian authorities have no information linking the assailant to terrorist groups in Tunisia.

For Chahed, the meeting of the Tunisian-French Council on high-level political dialogue focused on issues of common interest, notably the crisis in Libya. "The initiative of the President of the Republic aimed to resolve the crisis in this country in the service of Libya, Tunisia and the neighbouring countries was mentioned," he said.