The president of Tunisia has signed several agreements to strengthen economic and security cooperation with France.
Point of view
"We call for the establishment with our partners of a permanent framework [...]promoting integration between Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean."
President Beji Caid Essebsi is in Paris on a two-day state visit at the invitation of his French counterpart Francois Hollande.
Essebsi later addressed the Senate in the French capital calling for further co-operation in other areas, including the fight against terrorism. Both France and Tunisia were targeted by terrorist attacks this year.
“We call for a proactive exchange policy for partnerships and investments,” Essebsi said. “We call for the establishment with our partners of a permanent framework for reflection and the establishment of a foundation promoting integration between Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean.”
Essebsi visit comes after Tunisia’s worst attack: the storming of the National Bardo Museum during which 21 people were killed.
Ten days after the attack, the French president attended a rally in Tunis to show his solidarity in the fight against terrorism.