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    Federica Mogherini said that European Union remains committed to further provide financial support to Tunisia, prioritizing investment in young Tunisians.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The European Union remains committed to further provide financial support to Tunisia, prioritizing investment in young Tunisians, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday.

    "Investing in Tunisia's present and future and particularly in Tunisian youths is a strategic priority for the European bloc … The bloc plans a massive scale-up in financial support to Tunisia over the course of the next year," Mogherini was quoted as saying by Agence Tunis Afrique Presse.

    She stressed that the European Parliament and the European Commission decided to increase the financial support for Tunisia up to 300 million euro ($330 million) in 2017 and keep it at the same level till 2020.

    "Our partnership with Tunisia goes well beyond mere financial support; it encompasses environment, employment, economic development, security and foreign policy," Mogherini added.

    She also said that all EU members endorsed "Tunisia's special and privileged partner status."

    Mogherini came to Tunisia with one-day visit and was set to meet with President of the Tunisia Beji Caïd Essebsi, Head of Government Youssef Chahed, Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui, as well as other members of government and representatives of young leaders' associations.


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