Caid Essebsi/Ouattara talk: Tunisia committed to boost co-operation with African countries | Tunisia News Gazette

Caid Essebsi/Ouattara talk: Tunisia committed to boost co-operation with African countries

President Beji Caid Essebsi started on Wednesday morning his participation in the 5th African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan, with a meeting with his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara.

In a statement to TAP, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said that the Head of the State had voiced satisfaction during his meeting with Ouattara at the historical relations binding Tunisia and CAte d’Ivoire and insisted on the African dimension of Tunisia’s policy that lends a particular interest to the development of co-operation, especially with CAte d’Ivoire.

Caid Essebsi had also pointed out to his counterpart Tunisia’s commitment to further broaden relations with African countries to achieve economic complementarity and inclusive development, the FM added.

He said that the President of the Republic had affirmed that Tunisia is willing to share its expertise with CAte d’Ivoire in several fields, including agro-food, electricity, higher education, infrastructure and vocational training.

Beji Caid Essebsi had also renewed his invitation to the President of CAte d’Ivoire to visit Tunisia to foster bilateral relations and bolster co-operation at the level of development and at that of the economy and trade.

Ouattara, for his part, had expressed pride at the historical relations binding the two countries, asserting willingness to develop bilateral co-operation in all fields, especially as there are real opportunities in Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire, the FM indicated.

Jhinaoui added that President Ouattara had pointed to the contribution of Tunisian enterprises to the development process in his country, notably in the infrastructure field, affirming that he is constantly urging the private sector in his country to make the most of the privileged political relations binding the two countries and contribute thus to strengthening bilateral co-operation.

Ouattara had accepted Caid Essebsi’s invitation and affirmed that Abidjan strongly supports Tunisia in its efforts to conclude a preferential trade agreement with west-African countries, which will facilitate the access of Tunisian products to the African market, Jhinaoui underlined.

Source: TAP News Agency

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