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This agreement "will satisfy Tunisia and will satisfy Germany", Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi told a joint press conference.

Her government has urged the Maghreb states and Egypt to step up border controls and speed up repatriations of migrants whose asylum applications are rejected.

"We agreed that German identification questions will be answered within 30 days", she said in parliament.

For her part, Merkel announced that the German contribution to the economic development of Tunisia will be increased by 15.8 million USA dollars.

Germany is interested in creating opportunities and chances for Tunisians before deporting failed asylum seekers, she added.

Italy and Tunisia signed an agreement in 2011 to repatriate Tunisian nationals arriving there.




"We will help Tunisians who wish to voluntarily return [to their country] and open a consulting center for immigration issues, for which we have specifically earmarked 12 million euros", she added.

Amri had been denied asylum six months earlier.

The German government will also talk about both Egypt and Tunisia taking back asylum-seekers who have been rejected in Germany.

Germany has taken in more than 1 million migrants since 2015.

A priest in Germany has criticised Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday for her "passive" position on the human rights situation in Egypt as she headed to North Africa on a tour to enhance trade and investment ties.

Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr announced on Friday that Germany will provide $500 million to support the economic program for small and medium-sized enterprises in Egypt.

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