TUNIS December 28th (Xinhua) – Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed met, on Tuesday, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who was paying a visit to Tunisia.
According to a press release from the Office of the President of the Tunisian Republic, President Saïed discussed with his Italian host bilateral relations and the tools likely to develop them in addition to a large number of bilateral and regional issues of common interest.
During the meeting, the Tunisian President expressed his country’s determination to “strengthen the historic ties of friendship with Italy and to grasp the promising opportunities for bilateral cooperation in several sectors within the framework of mutual respect and common interest,” the Office of the President of Tunisia noted.
Mr. Saïed underlined, on that occasion, that the traditional policies to fight against the scourge of irregular immigration “have proved their limits and their weakness”.
According to him, “it will be necessary to develop new common concepts which would encourage regular immigration through mechanisms guaranteeing the rights of immigrants”.
The Tunisian Head of State, as well as the head of Italian diplomacy, called for tackling the root causes of illegal immigration and fighting against human trafficking on both sides of the two shores of the Mediterranean.
As for the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, he declared at the end of his meeting with President Kaïs Saïed that his country “wants to be understanding in the matter and supports the ambitious reform path traced by the Head of Tunisian State”.
“Italy has acted with its partners and the International Monetary Fund to stress the need to come to the aid of Tunisia to overcome the delicate economic situation it is going through and which has worsened due to the health situation,” commented Di Maio, quoted by the Office of the Tunisian President.