Tunisia, Italy agree on cooperation to curb illegal migration

08:55, February 16, 2011      

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Tunisia and Italy have agreed on the details of cooperation to curb the illegal migration from Tunisia to Italy, Tunisian official press agency TAP reported Tuesday.

After a meeting late Monday between Tunisian Prime Minster Mohammed Ghannouchi and visiting Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, the two countries announced to reach an agreement for practical cooperation which would respect Tunisia's sovereignty, said TAP.

According to the agreement, Italy will provide the Tunisian army with high technology equipment to intercept illegal migrants, including a radar network and speed boats, which will be operated by Tunisian personnel, Frattini said.

Italy also agreed to lift travel restrictions to Tunisia for Italians and will set a 100 million-euro credit line to finance Tunisian projects due to be announced at an international donors' conference in Carthage this March, he added.

Thousands of Tunisian illegal migrants sailed from Zarzis to the Italian island of Lampedusa on fishing boats during last week, provoking an emergency situation on the island.

Source: Xinhua

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