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Dec 03, 2018

V4 to help Tunisia "beef up" its border controls

V4 foreign ministers have agreed to set up an assistance program for North African countries aimed at developing border control capacities with a view to withstanding illegal migration

Hungary’s foreign minister has revealed that the Visegrad Group countries will help Tunisia "beef up" its border controls.

Péter Szijjártó told MTI on Friday that he had phoned his Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui after V4 foreign ministers met in Prague and agreed to set up an assistance program for North African countries aimed at developing border control capacities with a view to withstanding illegal migration.

Minister Szijjártó said the group was considering cooperation opportunities with Morocco and Tunisia, which have “done a lot so far to maintain their stability, thus contributing to Europe’s security”. “Europe’s security starts in North Africa,” he added.

Preventing further migration waves is crucial to maintaining European security, he said, adding that “Tunisia has been a reliable partner in that sense”.