Khemais Jhinaoui: "Tunisian diplomacy aims to get Tunisia out of its current juncture" | Tunisia News Gazette

Khemais Jhinaoui: “Tunisian diplomacy aims to get Tunisia out of its current juncture”

Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui affirmed that Tunisian diplomatic action aims to contribute in concert with all the governmental parties to pull Tunisia out of the “current economic situation”, in particular at the economic level, and to face up the challenges.

At a meeting with the press Wednesday in Tunis, on the occasion of the anniversary of the creation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the celebration of the National Day of Diplomacy on May 3 of each year, Jhinaoui said that “the voice of Tunisia is once again heard after having regained its place on a regional and international scale, as evidenced by its choice for the holding of the next Arab summit and the summit of French-speaking countries”.

Stressing the importance of the revival of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), the minister said that the delay in achieving Maghreb integration costs Tunisia 2 to 3% growth per year, in the same way as other members of the UMA.

Jhinaoui also said that the situation in Libya is one of the main centres of interest of Tunisian diplomacy, recalling that it is working, through the initiative of the President of the Republic, to find a peaceful solution in this neighbouring country.

He also emphasised “the solid links with Algeria on the economic, security and military level”, highlighting the file of development of border areas.

The Tunisian FM said the Foreign Affairs Department is also working to consolidate ties with traditional partners and other new partners, recalling that Tunisia has become a member of the West African Economic Organisation, had signed a free trade agreement in Africa and relaunched relations with Asian countries such as India, Japan, South Korea and Pakistan, in addition to strengthening links with South American countries, such as Brazil and Argentina.

Jhinaoui reaffirmed in another connection the action of strengthening relations with the European space, in the service of the interests of Tunisia, indicating that “the assistance of the European countries in the success of the democratic transition in Tunisia is less expensive than the failure of this experience.

He also recalled the importance of relations with countries in North America, Canada and the United States “that have helped Tunisia in its democratic transition”, saying that Tunisia is working to further promote its exports to these countries and to attract investors.

The minister announced in conclusion the decision of the President of the Republic Beji Caid Essebsi to pay tribute to active and retired diplomats on the occasion of the closing of the conference of ambassadors.

Source: TAP News Agency

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