TUNIS, Dec 25 – Tunisia’s newly-elected President Beji Caid Essebsi has stated that his first official visit abroad will be to Algeria, affirming that co-operation between the two neighbouring countries will be strengthened in the future.
“I have already announced during my election campaign that my first official visit will be to Algeria. I confirm it as President,” Essebsi told the Algerian national news agency, APS, here Wednesday.
“Algerian-Tunisian relations will further improve in the future,” he added on the sidelines of a meeting with the members of his Nidaa Tounes party.
In his speech at the meeting, he hailed the Tunisian people and all those who supported him during the legislative and presidential elections. He notably thanked Tunisian women who massively voted for him with more than one voice.
Essebsi called on his party’s leaders to hold a meeting to discuss the issue of forming a coalition government.
“Nidaa Tounes will not govern the country alone,” stressed Essebsi, who urged all Tunisian political parties to reach a “broad consensus”.