Delegation of MPs flies to Syria to push for re-establishment of ties | Tunisia News Gazette

Delegation of MPs flies to Syria to push for re-establishment of ties

A delegation of MPs Friday flew to Syria to push for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.

Assessor of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) Speaker in charge of Information and Communication Mongi Harbaoui said “it is not an official parliamentary delegation; the HPR Bureau did not issue an authorisation. This visit is an initiative by a group of deputies.”

Contacted by TAP, MP Sahbi Ben Fraj said this one-week visit is a follow-up of a first one made last March. Deputies will express the willingness of the Tunisian people and parliament to restore diplomatic ties with Syria, he indicated. Members of the delegation will meet with several senior Syrian officials.

Led by MP M’barka Aouainia (Popular Front), the delegation is made up of Haykel Ben Belgacem, Abdelmoumem BelaAnes and Chafik Ayadi (PF), Slah Bergaoui, Rabha Ben Hsine and Leila Chettaoui (Al-Horra parliamentary group/ Machrou Tounes), Mohamed HAdi Gueddiche (Nidaa Tounes) and AdnAne Hajji (Democratic Group).

A Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) delegation visited Syria last week to advocate the resumption of relations.

A draft motion tabled in April by Al Horra, the PF, the Free Patriotic Union and Afek Tounes failed to pass on July 19 with 68 votes in favour, 6 against and 27 abstentions.

Diplomatic ties were severed in February 2012 after former president Mohamed Moncef Marzouki expelled Syria’s ambassador to Tunisia.

Source: TAP News Agency

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