Maghreb Arab Press

Tunisia: Lower House Speaker Meets with Tunisian FM

Tunis   -  
Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki, held, Thursday in Tunis, talks with Tunisian Foreign minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui, on ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation and activate the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU).
Tunisia: Lower House Speaker Meets with Tunisian FM
01 March 2018

Emphasis was put on a set of constants about the diplomacy of both countries in the light of their experience and vision for the future, said El Malki at the end of the meeting.

He added that the talks also stressed the importance of trade both at the economic and tourism levels, insisting on the need to promote trade between Rabat and Tunis, two signatories of the Agadir Agreement, aimed at establishing a free trade area.

El Malki stressed that whatever the problems, the factors of religion, geography, culture, history and language are all assets that can contribute to the activation of AMU, meet the aspirations of the Maghreb population and constitute an influential economic group that preserves the specificity of the region and helps to ensure stability and security.

In the same vein, he said that stability is a key factor for development and the fight against terrorism is a major priority.

Asked about the obstacles that still exist in the region, El Malki stressed the need for dialogue, noting that "the current problems are related to the national cause of the Kingdom and its territorial integrity".

He noted that these obstacles are a hindrance to the edification of the Arab Maghreb Union.

"Morocco has submitted to the UN several proposals (…) The solution proposed by the Kingdom enjoys growing support from countries," he said.

For his part, the Tunisian official said the talks were an opportunity to highlight the excellent level of Moroccan-Tunisian relations and the willingness of both countries to further develop them in the interest of the two brotherly peoples.

He added that he had also discussed with El Malki the situation prevailing in the region, in particular the Libyan issue, as well as the need to work for the activation of AMU.

Regarding the weak trade between the two countries, Jhinaoui noted that the ministries of Trade and Economy of the two countries are in constant contact to solve the problems and facilitate these exchanges.

In this regard, he expressed a common willingness to overcome these obstacles, recalling the meeting of the High Joint Commission, held recently in Rabat and during which it was agreed to promote trade between the two countries.

 

Last modified : 01 March 2018

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