Tunisia is seeking to sign a free trade agreement with Malta to foster cooperation in the Mediterranean, Tunisia's visiting Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi said.
Ghannouchi late Thursday, April 5, welcomed the increase in trade between the two countries and said Tunis was "eager to increase the volume through joint ventures".
Malta's expected membership of the European Union, together with its close position geographically to Tunisia, will undoubtedly form a strong foundation for long-term cooperation, he said.
Cooperation should take into account the common interests of the two sides of the Mediterranean to foster stability, security and prosperity of all peoples in the region.
The Tunisian premier also called for an end to UN sanctions against Libya and Iraq and Israel's withdrawal from Syrian territory on the Golan Heights occupied during the 1967 war.
There would be no fair peace without a Palestinian state and Jerusalem as its capital, he added.
Maltese Prime Minister Eddie Fenech pledged that Malta, as a member of the EU, would work to strengthen dialogue between all countries of the Mediterranean and establish real solidarity. — (AFP, Valletta)
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