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Chahed conveys message of peace and tolerance as he visits El Ghriba Synagogue

Published the:  14/05/2017

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(TAP) - "Tunisia is an open and tolerant country proud of its identity where all religions peacefully coexist, The President of the Government Youssef Chahed said on Sunday morning on the last day of the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the El Ghriba that began on May 12 on the Island of Djerba.

"Tunisia is a safe country providing all conditions for the smooth running of the ‘Ziara’”, he said.

Youssef Chahed said this is the "message he wanted to convey during this visit to Djerba".

In this regard, he emphasised the role of the government in the smooth running of the pilgrimage to the El Ghriba Synagogue, of which, he said, it represents a tourist, cultural and historical site.

The President of the Government said the tourist season looks promising. "The success of the El Ghriba pilgrimage and the 34% increase in the number of overnight stays in the first quarter of 2017 are good signs,” he pointed out.

"Preparations for the tourist season continue," he said, noting that the government has taken all necessary measures to protect tourist areas.

The annual Jewish pilgrimage to the El Ghriba began last Friday and is scheduled to end with the “Kharja”, in the presence of several Tunisian ministers, politicians and artists.