Europe pledges security cooperation with Tunisia (Antonio Tajani)

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani reiterated, Monday morning, at the House of People’s Representative, Europe’s commitment to security cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean, underlining the important geopolitical role played by Tunisia in the fight against terrorism.

He recalled that one of the first setbacks suffered by the terrorist organisation “Daech” intervened in southern Tunisia in the Ben Guerdane delegation in March 2016.

Tajani stressed the need to work for the stabilisation of Libya, commending the initiative of President Béji Caïd Essebsi for a comprehensive political settlement of the Libyan crisis.

The European official also noted that Tunisia is facing “a more or less acute fever of populist movements hostile to freedom and democracy.”

These movements, he said, make their nest in the impatience and anxiety of citizens in complex situations, including the rise of unemployment and the deteriorated security situation, hence the imperative to act with pragmatism and speed to deal with them and to be the guarantors of the democratic pact.

This requires in particular, he said the mobilisation of necessary means and guarantees so that local elections in Tunisia can be held in the optimum conditions.

TunisianMonitorOnline (MNHN)

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