Tunisia and the European Union (EU) on Thursday held discussions on issues of common interest, including the joint fight against illegal migration and human trafficking.
Tunisian Foreign Minister Nabil Ammar met with visiting European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson in the Tunisian capital Tunis, according to a statement released by the Tunisian foreign ministry.
Ammar “highlighted the importance of the European support for Tunisia to carry out its socio-economic reforms and establish an inclusive and equitable development model to better manage common challenges, including the migration issue,” said the statement.
The Tunisian top diplomat underlined the need to deal with migration issues using a global approach based on a balance between the socio-economic development and promotion of legal channels of mobility, on one hand, and the fight against trafficking in human beings and migrants, on another hand.
For her part, Johansson reiterated the EU’s solidarity with Tunisia and its sustained commitment to supporting the North African country in the economic, financial, and social fields.
She also reiterated the EU’s commitment to deal with the migration issue by promoting new vocational training and employment opportunities, as well as improving joint efforts to fight human trafficking and illegal migration. ■