Italy delivers 4 frigates to Tunisia

The Tunisian interior minister says Italy has delivered four frigates to Tunisia's government to help patrol its coasts as part of efforts to curb illegal immigration toward Europe.

The state news agency TAP is quoting Habib Essid as saying the delivery comes as part of a bilateral accord reached during his two-day visit to Italy to meet with officials Thursday and Friday.

Italy has sparred with France, Germany and other European Union members over its demand that the EU help take in some of the 25,000 people — most of them Tunisians — who have arrived in Italy since popular uprisings toppled Tunisia's longtime president in January.