Tunisian Prime Minister Urges for Regional Cooperation against Terrorism
Speaking at a press conference in Rabat after a meeting with his Moroccan counterpart Abdelilah Benkirane, Habid Essid indicated that the region would be better secured if the region countries, namely Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, work closely to stamp out terrorism.
“We have been able to bust numerous terror plots thanks to our security cooperation with Algeria, mainly at the borders,” Essid said.
“With Morocco, we shared information, and in my exchanges with the Moroccan Prime Minister, we decided to increase this cooperation,” said Essid who started on Tuesday a two-day visit to Morocco.
His comments came as the Tunisian Interior Ministry announced Monday they were able to prevent so far this year 2,000 Tunisians from joining conflict zones, mainly in the Middle East region.
Tunisia has been facing growing movement of terrorism by jihadists who sometimes crossed in from war-torn Libya.
The North African country knew last year its worst terror attacks. Three major attacks plotted by the Islamic State claimed lives of 71 people.
Security forces have also encountered regular insurgency near the Libyan border.
Prime Minister Essid also re-iterated Tunisia’s rejection of any military intervention in Libya.
“Any intervention in Libyan internal affairs is a mistake,” he insisted.
Essid made an unannounced visit to Libya recently and promised at his talks with Prime Minister-designate Faiez Serraj Tunisia’s support to the GNA.