World Bulletin / News Desk
"We discussed several issues, not least of which was the AMU’s sought-for activation," al-Nasser told reporters in Tunis following the meeting.
"We are still committed to activating the union, which remains a desire for all the region’s people," he added.
A major area of North Africa, the Maghreb region includes the countries of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania.
According to al-Nasser, discussions between the two assembly speakers also tackled bilateral relations and “means of enhancing cooperation between our respective parliaments."
Al-Maliki, for his part, who arrived in Tunisia on Wednesday for a five-day visit, said: "Unification of the Maghreb states is a strategic choice, especially since we live in a time of globalization and regional blocs."
Formally established in 1989 in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, the AMU envisions the eventual integration -- economic and political -- of the five Maghreb states.