Tunisia-USA: Jhinaoui asserts will to develop relations on basis of mutual interests | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia-USA: Jhinaoui asserts will to develop relations on basis of mutual interests

Tunisian-American cooperation and the upcoming bilateral talks were the focus of a talk Friday between Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.

Khemaies Jhinaoui highlighted the level reached by the privileged relations of friendship and bilateral cooperation. He praised US support for Tunisia over the past six years in the political, security and economic spheres. The minister affirmed Tunisia’s concern to develop these relations on the basis of mutual interests.

Addressing the next bilateral events, Jhinaoui stressed the importance of organising as soon as possible, the third session of the Tunisian-American strategic dialogue at the level of foreign ministers of the two countries. He also stressed the importance of the meeting of the Joint Economic Committee in promoting economic cooperation and increasing the pace of US investment in Tunisia.

On the situation in Libya, the minister briefed the US official of the steps taken under the initiative of the President of the Republic Beji Caid Essebsi. He recalled the results of the dialogue sessions between the committees of the parliament and the Supreme Council of State in Libya organised last October in Tunisia under the aegis of the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame.

The minister also recalled the importance of the consultative meeting of the foreign ministers of the neighboring countries hosted by the Egyptian capital last Wednesday and the two coordination meetings held on June 5-6 in Algiers and on September 21, 2017 in New York, in addition to contacts established with the components of the Libyan political landscape to bring views closer and urge Libyans to opt for dialogue and negotiations in order to reach a political solution to the crisis.

Khemaies Jhinaoui called on the international community and the major powers to play a greater role in this issue to promote a peaceful resolution of the Libyan crisis on the basis of a political consensus and under the aegis of the UN represented by Ghassen Salame

For his part, the US Deputy Secretary of State emphasised the concern of Donald Trump’s administration to continue support to the process of democratic transition in Tunisia and to boost bilateral cooperation, particularly in the security and economic fields.

He said that the continuity of bilateral relations is one of the constants of the foreign policy of the United States of America.

Source: TAP News Agency

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