European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised the recent pact between the European Union and Tunisia as a potential blueprint for other countries seeking to address

unauthorized migration across the Mediterranean. The strategic partnership deal, signed last week, focuses on combating human trafficking and strengthening border controls.

The agreement also includes a commitment from Europe to provide 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in aid to support Tunisia's struggling economy and stabilize its finances.

Speaking at a conference in Rome, von der Leyen emphasized the importance of establishing similar partnerships with other nations in the region. The goal is to offer a legal and safe pathway for migrants to seek refuge without resorting to perilous sea crossings.

The envisioned strategic partnerships aim to encompass various aspects, including economic development, trade, and investment, thereby creating mutual benefits for all involved. Areas such as climate and renewable energy hold significant potential for collaboration.

Von der Leyen highlighted the Mediterranean region's abundant natural resources, including sun, wind, and vast landscapes. She encouraged countries in the region to leverage these resources and become global energy leaders in a world striving for net-zero emissions. Additionally, she mentioned Europe's existing hydrogen partnerships with Egypt and Morocco as successful examples of such collaborations.

By working together and fostering constructive partnerships, the EU and Tunisia hope to set a positive precedent for other countries grappling with migration challenges and pave the way for sustainable and mutually beneficial solutions in the future. Photo by US Army Africa, Wikimedia commons.