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Tunisian-French relations are on right track, Chahed stresses after meeting Macron

Published the:  15/02/2019

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(TAP correspondent Sofiène Manaï) - "Tunisian-French relations are on the right track, thanks to the doubling of French investments in Tunisia by 2022," said Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Friday after his meeting at the Elysée with French President Emmanuel Marcon.

"France must invest in this young Tunisian democracy which has shown its exceptional and unique character," he said in front of an audience of the national and international press.

According to Chahed, his meeting with Macron provided an opportunity to examine the evolution of Tunisian-French relations, particularly in the economic and cultural fields.

The issue of security and the fight against terrorism was also on the agenda of the meeting, he stressed, noting in this regard the establishment of a common agenda for the development of a comprehensive intelligence-sharing strategy.

Besides, Youssef Chahed welcomed the recovery of tourism in Tunisia with a rapid return of French tourists.

According to him, 800 thousand French tourists visited Tunisia in 2018, i.e. an increase of +37% compared to 2017.

"Tunisia expects one million French visitors in 2019," he said.

On another level, the Prime Minister announced the launch, as of September 2019, of the French-Tunisian university with a co-graduation between the Tunisian and French universities, noting that twelve thousand students are now continuing their studies in France.

According to the PM, the meeting also provided the opportunity to discuss the Francophonie Summit planned for 2020 in Tunisia