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Tunisia’s foreign policy necessary tool to achieve government objectives (Jhinaoui)

Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said on Friday that Tunisia’s foreign policy is a necessary tool to achieve the government’s main objectives of providing job opportunities to young people, mobilising resources for the implementation of infrastructure projects and the development of the interior regions and provide the armed and security forces with means to defend territorial integrity.

These priorities, he added, are essential for attracting investors, attracting more tourists and diversifying partnership and cooperation with sister and friendly countries, highlighting the importance of the role of economic diplomacy.

The minister was speaking in a press statement after a hearing before the Committee on Rights and Freedoms of the House of People’s Representatives on the draft budget of the Foreign Affairs Ministry for the year 2018.

On the situation in Libya, Jhinaoui recalled the initiative of the President of the Republic for a peaceful solution in Libya.

He said Libya’s neighbouring countries (Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt) have already held four meetings, the latest of which was held Wednesday in Cairo, in the presence of foreign ministers. The tripartite meeting, he said, focused on ways to help the UN Special Representative in Libya implement the UN roadmap calling for a national conference and presidential and legislative elections in Libya.

Regarding Tunisian-Syrian relations, the Foreign Minister said that at the moment, the most important is the stability and security of this country.

Tunisia’s positions on the situation in the Arab region have always been marked by “wise neutrality” and favorable to the settlement of disputes, he said, underlining that Tunisia will not support any “division” of a country, be it Iraq, Spain or other. He stressed Tunisia’s concern to preserve its diplomatic relations and its economic interests.

Source: TAP News Agency

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