The European Union has agreed to help Tunisia combat violent Islamic extremism and boost its economy, including by raising quotas on how much olive oil it can sell in EU markets.

Several cooperative measures were agreed upon Monday by EU foreign ministers in Brussels during a visit by Tunisian Prime Minister Habid Essid. In a statement, the EU ministers expressed solidarity with the North African country following the attack last month at a Mediterranean beach resort that killed 38 tourists, many of them EU nationals.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said it was in Europeans' own interest to assist Tunisia and its democratically elected government.

Mogherini said "we have to keep hope alive in a region that faces so many difficulties."