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Friday, 3 June 2016

VP in Tunisia: India and Tunisia ink two MoUs

India and Tunisia sign two MoUs on promotion of handicrafts and IT and and digital economy; In the final leg of his two-nation trip, Vice President Hamid Ansari held talks with Prime Minister Habib Essid; both leaders discussed issue of spreading terrorism. 
In an effort to increase mutual cooperation, India and Tunisia have signed two MoUs on promotion of handicrafts and IT and communication and digital economy. Vice President Hamid Ansari met Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid and held one-on-one talks which were followed by the delegation-level talks between the two sides. Both leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual and regional interests. The two sides also discussed the issue of spreading tide of extremism and terrorism. India will also train 350 Tunisian students in next five years. The two sides will promote each other's traditional handicraft and increase mutual cooperation in the IT and related sectors, including digital economy. Vice President appreciated Tunisia's support for India's candidature to the UN Security Council. Tunisian Prime Minister also highlighted India's relations with his country in various fields including auto-sector, agriculture and IT. He said that the meeting of the India-Tunisia Joint Committee will be held later this year. The Vice President also visited Zaitouna Mosque, Bardo Museum and the House of Representatives. Zaitouna Mosque is the oldest one in Tunis. Tunisia has has suffered major terror attacks. As a mark of solidarity Vice President visited the Bardo museum which was under attack last year in March. The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the incident that left 24 people dead, including 20 foreign tourists.Vice President Ansari will meet Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Friday and will deliver a keynote address at Dar Al Dhiyafa. Earlier, Vice President accompanied by his wife Salma, arrived in Tunisia from Morocco on the final leg of his two-nation trip. He was received at the airport by PM Essid. 

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