Hungary, Tunisia agree on defence, police cooperation

Hungary agreed with Tunisia on cooperation in the areas of law enforcement and defence, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after talks with Khemaies Jhinaoui, his Tunisian counterpart, in Tunis on Wednesday.

Keeping also its interests in view, Hungary aims to contribute to Europe’s efforts towards helping North African countries in maintaining stability, combatting terrorism, protecting their borders and improving their people’s living standards so as to prevent a mass exodus from the region, Szijjarto told MTI by phone.

Hungary has therefore agreed with Tunisia that its police officers will provide training for that country’s land and airport border protection forces in the fields of crisis management, risk assessment, and combatting cross-border crime, he added. Hungary’s counter-terrorism force TEK will also train Tunisia’s special border protection forces, he said.

Further, Hungary’s armed forces will provide training for the Tunisian army in preventing blast attacks and disposing explosives, Szijjarto said.

In other areas of cooperation, the two ministers agreed that Hungary would supply to Tunisia water purification equipment with capacity to produce 20,000 litres of drinking water per day and increase the number of university grants for Tunisian students by 90 to 200.

Szijjarto said that a meeting of the Hungarian-Tunisian economic committee had been called for April.

Source and photo: MTI

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