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Tunis, June 12 – Tunisian President Kais Saied received three European leaders to discuss relations between Tunisia and the EU and ways to combat illegal immigration, according to a statement released by the Tunisian presidency.
Saied met President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, it noted on Sunday.
Prior to the visit of the European leaders, the European Commission Chief Spokesperson Eric Mamer announced in a press conference held in Brussels last week that the meeting between the Tunisian and European leaders would focus on relations between the EU and Tunisia, cooperation agreements in the sectors of economy, energy and illegal immigration, as well as the EU’s support to Tunisia in its negotiations with the IMF.
Located in the central Mediterranean, Tunisia is one of the most popular points of illegal immigration to Europe, Xinhua news agency reported.
Although Tunisian authorities have adopted rigorous measures to tackle the problem, the number of illegal immigration attempts from Tunisia to Italy has been on the rise.