Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi who is on a working visit in Madrid, was received on Thursday by King Felipe VI of Spain.
Tunisia and Spain held on Thursday the first political consultation session between the two countries’ Ministers of Foreign Affairs, according to a Foreign Ministry press release Friday.
During this meeting, King Felipe VI voiced his country’s particular interest in Tunisia, recalling the long-standing ties bounding both countries. He further expressed his feelings of friendship and esteem towards the President of the Republic, the same source reads.
King Felipe said he was closely following the situation in Tunisia and affirmed his constant willingness to further support the democratic transition, notably at this delicate time.
For his part, Jerandi conveyed to the king President Kais Saied’s greetings and firm willingness to foster the bilateral cooperation relations.
He recalled in this regard, the invitation extended to the King of Spain to visit Tunisia.
The FM commended Spain’s constant support to Tunisia at all levels, voicing wish that the bilateral cooperation will be further strengthened and diversified.
The meeting also offered the occasion to discuss several regional and international issues of mutual interest.
During his visit, Jerandi had also a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Arancha Gonzalez Laya. They held the first session of political consultations at the foreign ministers’ level during which they discussed the reality of bilateral relations and ways to foster them at all levels, notably the economic, financial and scientific cooperation.
The two officials pointed out the importance of moving forward with the implementation of the agreements and recommendations issued by the 8th session of the High Level Meeting and the implementation of the follow-up mechanisms.
It was also agreed to better prepare the forthcoming bilateral meetings, including in particular the forthcoming visit of Spain’s Prime Minister to Tunisia and the 9th Tunisian-Spanish high Level Meeting, due next year in Madrid.
On the fringes of this visit, Jerandi had a talk with Speaker of the Spanish Congress of Deputies Meritxell Batet Lamana, who hailed the Tunisian experience in matters of democratic transition, asserting her country’s willingness to keep on supporting this unique experience.
Besides, a meeting between Jerandi and Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili was also held, during which the FM underlined the need for the organisation to further support Tunisia’s efforts in a bid to encourage the recovery of the tourism sector.
The UNWTO Secretary General expressed willingness to further develop cooperation with Tunisia in many fields related to the tourism sector, in particular the draft technical agreement to support the revival of the tourism sector concluded with the Tunisian side during his visit to Tunisia last November.
Source: TAP News Agency