Tunisia seeks counter terrorism assistance

By Staff Reporter
Friday – April 20, 2018
ISLAMABAD: The ambassador of Tunisia Adel Elarbi called on national security adviser (NSA) lieutenant general (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, on Thursday, whereat Elarbi expressed desire and need to initiate cooperation between Tunisian counter terrorism and organised crime pole (CTOCP) and national counter terrorism authority (NACTA) of Pakistan.

According to an official statement, he conveyed the desire of his government to start comprehensive counter terrorism (CT) cooperation with Pakistan and held, “Our government is keen to explore the possibilities of enhancing cooperation between both the countries in the field of security particularly CT.”

Elarbi said that Tunisia attaches great importance to her relations with Pakistan and expressed desire to boost bilateral relations with Pakistan by extending cooperation in multiple areas including defence, trade and social sector development.

He also urged Pakistan to keep up the momentum of improvement in the relations of the two countries, the frequency of high level engagements should be maintained. Besides ways to enhance bilateral relations, matters regarding security and stability of south Asia and Africa also came under discussion.

Janjua warmly welcomed the guest and said that Tunisia is a brotherly Muslim country and Pakistan is also keen to expand cooperation with Tunisia and added that strong relations with Tunisia will be instrumental for maintaining good relations with other African countries as well.

Elarbi highlighted that because of its location Tunisia can be helpful for Pakistan in providing an easy access to European and African countries and held, “We have a lot of scope to move forward and it is high time to translate our different ideas of cooperation into tangible projects.”

Both sides agreed to work together at all levels to promote cordial and cooperation bilateral relations.