German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (L) meets his Tunisian counterpart Hedi Majdoub (R) on March 1, 2016 in Tunis. / AFP / FETHI BELAID
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Tunisia and Germany have agreed to speed up the repatriation of rejected asylum-seekers from the North African country, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Tuesday.After taking in more than one million asylum-seekers last year, Germany is trying to reduce arrivals, including with a law to declare Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia as safe countries of origin.De Maiziere, speaking in Tunis at the end of a tour of the three countries, said a first group of 20 Tunisians who failed to secure asylum in Germany would soon be repatriated.Last month the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said Germany was considering sending troops to Tunisia to help train soldiers in the fight against ISIS.
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