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Tunisian-Egyptian economic and trade relations below excellent level of political relations (PM)

Published the:  12/11/2017

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(TAP Special Correspondent Aida Hichri) - Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, on Sunday, said Tunisian-Egyptian economic and trade relations are still below the level of political relations which he described as "excellent".

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sharif Ismail at the end of the 16th session of the Tunisian-Egyptian High Joint Commission, Chahed said the meeting was an opportunity to sign several agreement and to share the commitment of both countries to raise the level of economic and trade relations through the establishment of qualitative and quantitative objectives that will be evaluated periodically by joint committees.

The Prime Minister added that his talks with President of Abdel Fattah al-Sissi of Egypt, as well as with his Egyptian counterpart and the Speaker of the Egyptian Parliament, Ali Abdel Aal, have brought about a rapprochement of the two countries' points of view on the regional situation and in the Arab world.

On the issue of terrorism, Chahed pointed out that Tunisia and Egypt face common challenges in dealing with terrorism, saying “we should not limit ourselves to the security treatment of terrorism and that it is important to make young people aware of its dangers.”

The current situation requires strengthening relations between Tunisia and Egypt in order to concretise the will of the two brother peoples to get closer, he added.

In this regard, he spoke of the Tunisian-Egyptian investment and economic partnership forum which brought together Tunisian and Egyptian businessmen Saturday in Cairo, stressing that the role of politicians in both countries is to ensure a favorable climate and an appropriate framework for the implementation of the agreements signed.

On his part, Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail said the agreements and memoranda of understanding signed by the two countries today will be followed by exchange of visits and bilateral meetings to promote their implementation.

He said a high-level meeting between the two countries is planned for next week. It will focus on considering issues of interest to the Arab world such as the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

The Egyptian official emphasised the convergence of views between Tunisia and Egypt on all of these issues.

Work of the 16th session of the Tunisian-Egyptian High Joint Commission was crowned by the signing of ten agreements and memoranda of understanding between the two countries.