Italy’s prime minister in Tunisia for talks
Tunisian Prime Minister, Mehdi Jomaa, right, greets his Italian counterpart, Matteo Renzi - AP/Hassene Dridi
AP

TUNIS: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has met with Tunisian leaders to push for closer cooperation on trade and immigration.

Renzi said he’d chosen Tunisia for his first foreign trip since taking office last week “to demonstrate that the Mediterranean must be at the heart of Europe, not its border.”

Renzi met with Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa and President Moncef Marzouki, as well as other officials during the visit Tuesday.

Renzi says relations with Mediterranean countries will be the “fundamental axis” of Italy’s presidency of the European Union later this year.

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