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Tunisia, France Discuss Libya Crisis, Repatriation of Extremists

Tunisia, France Discuss Libya Crisis, Repatriation of Extremists

Thursday, 22 October, 2020 - 10:00
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beirut. Reuters

A French delegation led by Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin arrived Wednesday in Tunisia on a visit set to end on Thursday.


Tunisian diplomats revealed that the visit will focus on key issues including Tunisia's readiness to host Libya's political dialogue in a few days and the repatriation of Tunisians accused of extremism in France.


The French govt. welcomed Tunisia’s hosting of the first face-to-face meetings of the UN-led Libyan Political Dialogue Forum at the beginning of November, and expressed its will to help guarantee the success of this landmark event.


Earlier, both parties backed the international efforts in quest of a peaceful solution among rival Libyan parties.


According to media reports, Darmanin will discuss with the Tunisian side the repatriation of several Tunisians who are accused of extremism and who are illegal residents in France.


Following the murder of French middle-school instructor Samuel Paty last week for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class, the public called for sending extremists and terror suspects back to their home countries.


The visit will also discuss the third meeting of the Tunisian-French Higher Cooperation Council scheduled next March, in addition to continuing coordination in international and regional issues.


In a related context, New French Ambassador to Tunisia André Parant presented his letter of credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, Othman Jerandi.


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