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Issues of common interest and bilateral relations at centre of meeting between PM and his Moroccan counterpart

Published the:  11/06/2019

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(TAP correspondent in Geneva Bahija Mabrouk) - Ways to promote bilateral relations and cooperation between Tunisia and Morocco were the focus of a meeting on Tuesday at the Palace of Nations in Geneva between Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and Moroccan counterpart Saadeddine Othmani, on the fringes of the 108th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC).

In a statement to TAP, Othmani said that "there is a need to assess and boost relations between the two countries, especially since the region faces major challenges against the backdrop of a complex international situation that is difficult to predict.

He added that the meeting also focused on the dynamics of relations between Tunisia and Morocco, as evidenced by the meetings of the Joint Technical Commissions whose work focuses on strengthening cooperation in the economic field as well as in scientific research and cultural exchanges, asserting the need to do more to promote cooperation between the two countries' private sectors.

The Moroccan Prime Minister also said that the meeting focused on developments in the region and ways to anticipate developments and their possible impact on the economic situation of the two countries, denying the existence of talks on a possible joint action that would serve to envisage solutions to certain issues, including the Libyan issue.

A large number of Heads of State and Government, 5,700 delegates and employers from 187 ILO Member States are taking part in the 108th session of the International Labour Conference (June 10-21 ), organised on the occasion of the celebration of the ILO's centenary, under the theme, "Building a future with decent work".

The conference will examine the deep changes in the world of work and social justice and issues related to violence and harassment in the workplace.

The Centenary Declaration should provide answers to the challenges facing the world, including new technologies, climate change, globalisation and population growth.

UN Secretary General Antonio Gorrites is expected on the last day of the Conference and will deliver a speech followed by the adoption of the results of the various commissions