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G7 countries and EU more than ever stand beside Tunisia (Ambassador of France)

Published the:  11/05/2018

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(TAP) – Canada's ambassador in Tunis, Carol McQueen, said Friday at Carthage's Dar Dhiafa Palace that the G7 countries collectively congratulated Tunisia on the organisation of its first municipal elections and reiterated G7 support to Tunisia.

"We all want Tunisia, a democratic country, to succeed economically and meet the expectations of the Tunisian people," she said in a statement to media after the meeting that gathered at Dar Dhiafa Palace in Carthage, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed with the ambassador of the European Union in Tunis and those of the G7 countries.

This meeting, she added, was "very productive" and showed "the deep friendship that exists between Tunisia and the Group of Seven countries".

Canada currently chairs the Group of Seven, which includes Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy, in addition to the European Union.

For his part, French ambassador in Tunis, Olivier Poivre d'Arvor said that "the G7 countries, more than ever, stand beside Tunisia, since it has organised efficiently the municipal elections that were a very complex challenge to organise."

At this meeting, we congratulated the Prime Minister and his teams and Tunisia on the organisation of these municipal elections and told the Prime Minister that the economic question was obviously a central question with regard to events that Tunisia will have, soon, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and or with the World Bank (WB).

He noted that the G7 ambassadors and the EU ambassador are happy to hear "a great determination to be able to make sure that Tunisia is better off and that the big macroeconomic figures are better" .

There are, he said, some interesting elements for a return to growth in the area of investment. "This first good news that was presented to us by the PM is encouraging if accompanied by important reforms."

"We have full confidence in this government to be able to carry out these reforms and make Tunisia what it is today an example in the region," he concluded.