“Summit of Two Shores, an initiative to achieve complementarity and economic and cultural integration”, says FM
24/06/2019 21:25, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui stressed the need to be attentive to the concerns of young people and find solutions to the issue of migration outside legal frameworks.

In his remarks at the "Summit of the Two Shores" in Marseille, Jhinaoui added: "we must find a solution to irregular migration and this in the context of a multidimensional approach."

Facilitating the movement of people in the Mediterranean remains an issue of paramount importance that requires a common vision on migration, he said.

The Foreign Minister added that "migration is a vector of economic development and cultural rapprochement between peoples," he said.

Jhinaoui also welcomed the Summit of the Two Shores, saying it is an initiative that is likely to consolidate the efforts of countries around the Mediterranean to achieve complementarity and economic and cultural integration.

During his speech, the FM also emphasised the major role that civil society has played in enriching the Summit, through the presentation of several project ideas aimed at improving the employability of young people and widening the scope of co-operation between Mediterranean countries in different fields.

We must find the necessary investments to realise these ideas, he said.

Jhinaoui, in this vein, stressed the relevance of the recommendations submitted to the Summit of the two shores, contained in the Declaration of the 100. The latter emanated from the Assembly of the 100 held on June 11 and 12 in Tunis and that brought together 100 nominated civil society individuals.

The Summit of the Two Shores of the Mediterranean is being held in Marseille on June 23 and 24 and has addressed the challenges facing the Mediterranean region.

It brought together representatives of the civil society of the ten countries around the Mediterranean, namely the five states of the north shore (Italy, Malta, France, Spain and Portugal) and the five states of the south shore (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Mauritania), as part of the 5 + 5 Dialogue.

This 5 + 5 Dialogue aims to provide answers to the challenges facing the Mediterranean region and to unleash a new dynamic of exchange and inclusion between North and South, based on a pragmatic approach supporting a new form of co-operation that respects the specificities of both shores.

On the sidelines of his participation in this summit, the Foreign Minister had talks with his French, Italian and Spanish counterparts on Sunday.

He also met the Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union Taieb Baccouche, Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean Nasser Kamel and Director-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson.

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