TUNIS, Tunisia is ready for a more comprehensive strategic partnership in the energy and electricity sector as well as for the reactivation of strategic infrastructure projects in railways and highways and the development of the common border regions with Libya, through the creation of an economic free trade zone in Ben Guerdane, says Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

Speaking at the opening here Thursday of the firstt Tunisian-Libyan Economic Forum, Chahed also stressed the Tunisian government's commitment to strengthening trade between the two neighbouring countries in all sectors, including services, and to guarantee a business climate which encourages investment and boosts trade in strategic high-profitability sectors.

Moreover, the Prime Minister affirmed Tunisia's solidarity with the Libyan people and their legitimate institutions in their fight against security threats and its support to the UN efforts and those of the Libyan Government of National Accord which had absorbed the last crisis in Tripoli by implementing the security measures decided by the political agreement.

Chahed added that the Tunisian government had been keen to revive the work of the Tunisian-Libyan high joint commission, specifying that he will meet his Libyan counterpar,t Fayez Sarraj, very soon after the preparatory meetings in December 2017 and June 2018.

The Tunisian-Libyan Economic Forum opened its meeting here Thursday with about 100 Tunisian and Libyan businessmen participating.

Held at the initiative of Tunisia Africa Business Council (TABC), the meeting also seeks through its high-level panels to provide a better industrial and economic rapprochement between Tunisia and Libya and the necessary support to boost co-operation, trade and investments between over 200 Tunisian and Libyan businessmen.