Beji Caid Essebsi’s phone talk with German Chancellor, he condemns recent terrorist attack in Berlin

President Beji Caid Essebsi, on Friday morning, had a phone talk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The phone talk turned, notably, on Monday’s terrorist attack in Berlin that left several dead and wounded among civilians, a Presidency of the Republic press release said.

The Head of State reiterated, on the occasion, Tunisia’s unequivocal condemnation of this cowardly terrorist attack and called on the German authorities for further co-ordination and collaboration to face terrorism which, according to him, threatens the peace and stability of all countries and all societies.

The talk also focused on the development of friendship and co-operation relations binding Tunisia and Germany and ways to foster them in all fields and discussed current issues on the regional and international scene.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she has told Tunisia’s president that the repatriation of Tunisians who aren’t entitled to residency in Germany needs to be stepped up.

Merkel spoke with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi hours after the death in Italy of Anis Amri, the chief suspect in the Berlin truck bombing – a Tunisian who had had his application for asylum in Germany rejected.

Germany had tried to deport him, but couldn’t because he lacked valid identity papers and Tunisia initially denied he was a citizen.

Though she conceded that progress has been made this year, Merkel told Tunisia’s president that “we must significantly speed up the repatriation process and further increase the number of people repatriated.”

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