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

Keeping also its own interests in view, Hungary aims to contribute to Europe’s efforts towards helping North African countries maintain their stability, combat terrorism, protect their borders and improve their people’s living standards so as to prevent a mass exodus from the region, Szijjártó told MTI. Hungary has therefore agreed with Tunisia that its police officers will provide training for Tunisia’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 border protection forces. Further, Hungary’s armed forces will help train the Tunisian army in preventing blast attacks and disposing explosives.

The two ministers also agreed that Hungary will 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. Szijjártó said that a meeting of the Hungarian-Tunisian economic committee had been called for April.