Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said that ensuring Tunisia's stability was "fundamental also to fighting irregular migration flows" in the Mediterranean.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio wrote on Facebook earlier in the week that the Italian government wants to see Tunisia "restore to full democratic normalcy with the complete respect of fundamental rights and the promotion of stability" following months of civil unrest and uncertainty regarding the North African country's future direction.
Di Maio stressed that this was a key component in "fighting irregular migration flows," while Tunisian President Kais Saied informed the Italian foreign minister in response that that he would adopt "exceptional measures to protect the Tunisian State" in 2022.
Friendship between two nations
After travelling back from Tunisia, the foreign minister wrote that he had met with "leading local authorities to further strengthen the collaboration between the two countries in the Mediterranean".
He also highlighted that "Tunisia represents a strategic partner for our country."
The Tunisian President Saied meanwhile "expressed Tunisia's strong will to have closer relations with Italy in the future" to "consolidate historic ties of friendship," as carried in a statement published by the presidency office shortly after the meeting of the two statesmen at the Carthage presidential palace.
Saied reportedly said that "traditional management policies of the phenomenon of irregular immigration have been limited in the fight against human trafficking on both shores of the Mediterranean."