Minister of Foreign Affairs holds talks with his Portuguese counterpart

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi, on Thursday, had a working session in Tunis with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva, who is making a working visit to Tunisia.

The two ministers discussed several international and regional issues of common interest, particularly the situation in Libya,

Mr. Jerandi stressed the importance of stability in Libya, far from any foreign interference. He recalled, in this vein, Tunisia's efforts to reach a consensual agreement between the Libyan parties.

He also expressed Tunisia's wish to enter a new stage in negotiations with the European Union on the draft comprehensive and deep free trade agreement, according to an approach.

That approach should be based, in particular, on supporting strategic and priority sectors, for better integration of the Tunisian economy into the European market.

Mr. Jerandi highlighted the importance of consolidating bilateral cooperation at the Euro-Mediterranean and European levels, especially as Portugal is preparing to preside over the EU Council for six months from January 1, 2021

In this context, he recalled that the EU is a major strategic and economic partner for Tunisia.

On the issue of migration, Mr. Jerandi reaffirmed the position of Tunisia, which calls for the need to adopt a comprehensive approach taking into account the development of solidarity.

"That approach would not be based solely on security solutions to this humanitarian issue".

The two ministers also discussed the issue of "fragility" in Africa and its repercussions on peace and security on the continent and in the world.

They stressed the need for the international community to increase efforts to overcome this "fragility" in some regions of the African continent in order to reduce tensions and prevent armed conflicts.

Mr. Jerandi extended an invitation to his Portuguese counterpart to participate in the dialogue on the issue of "fragility in Africa" to be held in Tunisia.

Tunisia will assume the presidency of the UN Security Council in January 2021

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