26 Jan 2019 16:12

Russia, Tunisia may sign trade, economic cooperation agreement at upcoming intergovt commision's meeting - Lavrov

TUNISIA. Jan 26 (Interfax) - Russia and Tunisia may sign an agreement on commercial and economic and scientific and technical cooperation for 2019-2021 during the upcoming meeting of an intergovernmental commission, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"I have had a meeting with the prime minister of this country, it was mostly dedicated to the expansion of our commercial and economic and investment cooperation. We expressed satisfaction with the rate of an increase in trade and agreed that its structure would become more balanced. The meeting of the intergovernmental commission for commercial and economic cooperation will be dedicated to these issues," Lavrov said following talks with the Tunisian prime minister.

"We also reminded our Tunisian colleagues that the Russian side suggested that our countries sign the program of commercial and economic and scientific and technical cooperation for 2019-2021. We requested - and the prime minister promised to do that - to accelerate the approval of the program so that it could be endorsed at the upcoming meeting of the intergovernmental commission," he said.

Lavrov said that the intergovernmental commission for trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation was planning to meet in Tunisia in the first half of 2019, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on its website later on Saturday.