A delegation of European leaders has promised over $1bn of financial assistance to Tunisia, as part of a proposed wider agreement encompassing action to tackle migration.

The head of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the prime ministers of Italy and the Netherlands Georgia meloni and Mark Rutte have been holding talks with president kais Saied.

Von der Leyen said the E.U would provide Tunisia with over $100m this year for border management, search and rescue, and returning migrants.

She also promised a robust EU Tunisia digital, energy collaboration with a 2025 dateline to achieve the project.

Earlier, Saied had rejected allegations of Tunisia acting as what he called a border guard for Europe, stating that the nation is independent and has the right to cooperate with it partners.

He’s been accused by critics at home and abroad of democratic backsliding.

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