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Chahed highlights "keenness to further improve diplomatic action

Published the:  23/07/2018

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(TAP) – Prime Minister Youssef Chahed stressed on Monday in Dar Dhiafa in Carthage “keenness to further improve the diplomatic action and provide it with all mechanisms at the regional and international levels so as to defend Tunisia’s interests and gain wider support for its democratic experience.”

The Premier affirmed that achieving the democratic transition and its establishment are positive factors that will build confidence enjoyed by Tunisia abroad, he said during the 36th session of the Annual Conference of Heads of Diplomatic, Permanent and Consular Missions held on July 23-30 under the theme "Diplomacy, sustained action to achieve success of the next events: Arab Summit and Summit of the Francophonie and the entry of Tunisia to the UN Security Council ".

He further highlighted efforts made by the Tunisian diplomacy, stressing on the need to provide the diplomatic missions with all means and to support their action as they “represent the first line of defence of the country’s interests.”

Besides, the Premier recalled the regional and international events Tunisia will host, such as the upcoming ordinary session of the Arab Summit in March 2019 and the Francophonie Summit in 2020 and becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.

“Tunisia is able to achieve these events thanks to the people’s willingness despite the current challenges,” he added.

In this respect, Chahed highlighted the need to activate the economic diplomacy and to access new key foreign markets, commending Tunisia’s becoming an observer member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and a full member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as well as its accession to the African Free Trade Zone (AFTZ).

As for ongoing consultations with the European Union on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), Chahed expressed hope for these consultations to “further improve co-operation and partnership relations.”

Taking the floor, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui highlighted that this session is an “opportunity to assess the Tunisian diplomatic action and review the best ways to develop its mechanisms.”

The upcoming events scheduled in Tunisia “testify that the country has found its position at the regional and international levels and illustrate the confidence it enjoys from its partners,” he estimated.

“The Tunisian diplomacy will make every effort in collaboration with the state’s different mechanisms so as to make of these events a success,” he affirmed.

According to him, an interactive debate on the security aspect and economic matter is on the agenda of the first day of the conference. A study day will be held on July 30 at the Tunisian Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX).

The programme of this 36th session includes interactive debate sessions on the theme of the conference and the development of diplomatic action, as well as the consular conference this year focusing on the "development of decentralised co-operation" and “the role of Tunisians living abroad in supporting national development efforts ".