Vice President Hamid Ansari’s two-day visit to Tunisia has strengthened the bilateral ties between India and Tunisia. Both the countries decided to enhance cooperation in combating terrorism.
VP Ansari met Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid and discussed the issue of extremism and terrorism which is a threat both countries face, VP Ansari said at a joint press conference in Tunis.
“We have discussed the issues related to combating this challenge and decided to enhance our cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism.…Successfully dealing with such threats requires strong cooperation among like-minded partners,” VP Ansari stated.
The discussion on bilateral relations focussed on ongoing economic partnership and on incorporating newer areas of collaboration like information technology and education.
“I had substantial discussions covering the entire gamut of our bilateral relations as well as on global issues of mutual concern with Prime Minister Essid,” said Ansari.
VP Ansari also appreciated Tunisia’s support for India’s bid for a permanent place in UNSC.
“We highly appreciate Tunisia’s support for India’s candidature to the expanded United Nations Security Council,” he said.
Speaking at the joint press meet, Tunisian PM Essid said, “Our relations are very strong, our views are similar”…We have relations with India in various fields including auto-sector, agriculture and other fields. We also appreciate India’s progress in the IT sector and we will have cooperation with India in this sector,” Essid said.
India and Tunisia also signed two MoUs on promotion of handicrafts, IT and digital economy.
MoUs on traditional handicraft promotion, IT and digital economy were signed after Vice President Ansari and Prime Minister Essid held one-on-one talks which were followed by the delegation-level parleys between the two sides.
“We will be happy to receive 350 Tunisian students for training in our institutions in different streams as our guests,” said VP Ansari.
The two sides also agreed to promote each other’s traditional handicraft and increase mutual cooperation in the IT and related sectors, including digital economy.
(With inputs from PTI)