After praising Tunisia`s progress in ensuring a smooth democratic transition, the two countries stressed their intention to strengthen parliamentary relations in order to share their experiences and foster exchanges between legislative and judicial bodies. Both countries stressed the important role that media freedom plays in democracies, with Tunisia expressing interest in the World Coalition for Media Freedom, which will be announced at UNGA. A consensus was reached on the maintenance of close cooperation within the United Nations when Tunisia accepts its accession to the UN Security Council in January 2020 and Tunisia welcomed the UK`s offer of training before accession. Tunisia focused on sex during its upcoming accession to the UN Security Council. There was also a consensus on cooperation on climate protection and ocean protection from plastic waste. With regard to Libya, the two countries reaffirmed their support for an urgent ceasefire and a return to the UN-led political process as an essential measure to stabilize Libya. Tunisia reiterated its request for a bilateral agreement on the dispensation of diplomatic and official passports. The two countries highlighted recent improvements to the student process and pledged to continue discussions to identify other ways to facilitate visa application for all Tunisians. The European Union`s free trade agreement contributes to EU growth: in 2018, the EU was the world`s second largest exporter (15.5%) before the United States (10.6%) China (15.8%).
 Tunisia represents opportunities for British businesses, and this agreement gives exporters and consumers the certainty that they must continue their free and confident trade as the UK prepares to leave the EU. British Middle East Minister Andrew Murrison welcomed the agreement and said the two countries had pledged to exclude a comprehensive bilateral association agreement in the near future. The conclusion of this agreement will provide a framework for the growing trade relations between our two countries. It will ensure that UK and Tunisian businesses and consumers continue to have access to markets after the UK leaves the EU. In addition to trade, the agreement will provide a comprehensive framework for strengthening cooperation in the areas of political dialogue, democracy, education, trade, the environment and human rights. The signing of this agreement demonstrates the UK`s commitment to Tunisia and is working together to support our long-term common ambitions for a deep economic partnership. After leaving the European Union, the UK plans to negotiate trade agreements to replace and complement members of the EU Customs Union.