British Minister for Middle East, North Africa expected Wednesday in Tunis | Tunisia News Gazette

British Minister for Middle East, North Africa expected Wednesday in Tunis

British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt will start Wednesday a two-day visit to Tunisia, said the British embassy in Tunis.

This is the first ministerial visit to Tunisia since the UK changed its travel advice last week.

Burt told Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Sabri Bachtobji in a telephone conversation on July 26 the UK no longer advises against travel to Tunisia, except for some regions.

The British Minister will discuss with Tunisian officials ways to strengthen ties, particularly in areas of security and fight against terrorism.

A string of talks will also focus on initiatives launched by the UK to support Tunisia in such vital fields as economic and security overhaul, tourism and trade.

On Tunisia, Burt said “the UK is a strong partner and friend of Tunisia and I look forward to continuing our close work on security, counterterrorism, reforming the economy and trade.”

“After a careful and thorough review we decided to no longer advise against travel to Tunisia. This is partly due to the security improvements that the Tunisian authorities have made,” he emphasised.

“It is vital that our good cooperation on security matters continues and that we work together to consolidate the progress that has been made,” Burt further highlighted.

Source: TAP News Agency

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