Tunisia and Italy agreed to step up efforts to send Tunisian migrants identified as illegally staying in Italy back to their country and improve both countries’ cooperation.

Tunisian Interior Minister Hichem Fourati, talks during a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini, in the Interior Ministry in Tunis, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday “the priority is to improve the conditions of return of these migrants,” speaking during an official visit to Tunisia.

This photo provided by Tunisian Presidential Palace shows Tunisian President Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi, left, shaking hands with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini upon his arrival at the Carthage Presidential Palace, in Carthage, near Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Slim Abid/Presidential Palace via AP)

Salvini also pledged to work on additional Italian investments to create jobs especially in southern Tunisia, where most Tunisian migrants come from.

Tunisian Interior Minister Hichem Fourati, right, and his Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini speak to the media during a joint news conference in the Interior Ministry in Tunis, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

His counterpart, Hichem Fourati, said Tunisian authorities were ready to accept returns of confirmed Tunisian citizens.

This photo provided by Tunisian Presidential Palace shows Tunisian President Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi, right, speaking with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, left, upon his arrival at the Carthage Presidential Palace, in Carthage, near Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Slim Abid/Presidential Palace via AP)

Salvini also met with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. The right-wing Italian minister is backing hard-line anti-migrant policies and has blocked humanitarian rescue ships from Italian ports to reduce the number of migrants arriving in Italy by sea.

Source: The Associated Press