German Chancellor Merkel heads to Egypt, Tunisia to reduce migrant flows

Merkel first heads to Egypt, where she will meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, before holding talks on Friday with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.

So that attacks such as that committed by Amri don't occur again, Merkel said the two countries "will execute processes more quickly" under the new deal. "Replacement passports are then meant to be issued within one week".

"Measures will be taken in the Tunisian consulates in Germany to help in their identification", he added.

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"It was agreed with the German side (that they would) provide $250 million to support the economic well as $250 million to support several other sectors, including micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises, " it said in a statement. She is joined by a business delegation that could sweeten the diplomacy with investments badly needed by both countries, which are grappling with sluggish economies, tourism slumps after internal turmoil and militant attacks, and high unemployment, especially among youths.

Last month, Merkel proposed funding education incentives for Tunisians who voluntarily return to their home country as part of her bid to reduce migration to Germany from North African countries.

During his presidential campaign, Trump frequently criticized Merkel for "ruining Germany" by taking in large numbers of refugees.

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Egypt's Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation said on Friday that Germany has offered Egypt 500 million dollars to support the government's economic programme and small and medium businesses.

Merkel, on a two-day trip which also included a stop in Egypt, said Germany and Tunisia agreed on speedier repatriations for rejected asylum seekers and job training for Tunisians.

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