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Tunisia strengthens economic and security links with France

Tunisia strengthens economic and security links with France
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By Keith Walker
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The president of Tunisia has signed several agreements to strengthen economic and security cooperation with France. President Beji Caid Essebsi is

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The president of Tunisia has signed several agreements to strengthen economic and security cooperation with France.

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.

"La responsabilité de la France est d'accompagner la Tunisie en respectant sa souveraineté" http://t.co/6nQpLMBO0Qpic.twitter.com/ZYr7VlkX2y

— Élysée (@Elysee) April 7, 2015

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