India, Tunisia vow to combat terror, extremism

 

India and Tunisia agreed to jointly combat terrorism and extremism while ramping up cooperation in the field of security. A review of bilateral ties was undertaken as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 12th India- Tunisia Joint Commission Meeting with her Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui.

During the meeting, the two sides also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest. Six agreements in the fields of judicial cooperation, cooperation in youth issues, information and communications technology, trade and business, were also signed.

At the meeting, Tunisia also conveyed that it would become a partner country in the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and expressed its willingness to join its various programmes. The Tunisian side appreciated India’s initiative of holding the International Solar Alliance Founding Conference in New Delhi on December 8, 2017.

In order to expand bilateral trade and investment, both countries proposed to enhance trade to USD 1 billion in the next five years. The Tunisian side appreciated India’s initiative of holding the International Solar Alliance Founding Conference in New Delhi on December 8, 2017. In order to expand bilateral trade and investment, both countries proposed to enhance trade to USD 1 billion in the next five years. The Indian side called for greater market access in the pharma and fertilizer sectors.

It was also decided that two new Joint Working Groups — one to remove barriers in trade and expand volume and range of trade and another on Agriculture to expand cooperation in agriculture and agro products — would be set up.

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, it was decided to hold a year-long festival of India in Tunisia and festival of Tunisia in India in 2018.