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Foreign Minister visits France

Published the:  04/02/2011

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February 4, 2011 - TAP - At the invitation of Mrs. Michelle Alliot-Marie, France’s State Minister and Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Foreign Minister Ahmed Ounaies paid, on Friday, February 4, a working visit to Paris.
During his talk with his French counterpart, Mr. Ounaies gave an account on the measures taken by the interim government in matters of public liberties, as well as the social emergency plan and the economic revival program.
On this occasion, he expressed thanks to Mrs. Alliot-Marie for France’s support to the interim government’s actions, as well as its backing of Tunisia among its European partners. The minister paid tribute to France for having hosted and protected members of the Tunisian opposition and democrats, and having helped them express themselves at a time when their own country « was gagging them. » Mr. Ounaies stressed the need to renew the April 2008 accord on concerted management of migratory flows and joint development, and the need to endow it with mechanisms likely to grant it greater efficiency.
For her part, Mrs. Alliot-Marie pledged to lift the precautionary measures on the Tunisia destination in a message to the French nationals traveling to Tunisia. She voiced France’s solidarity and its readiness to back up the interim government’s social emergency plan and economic revival program. Commending Tunisia’s exceptional democratic transfer, accomplished in a record time, she expressed her country’s willingness to accompany the Tunisian government’s efforts.
During a meeting with the press, the two ministers reasserted determination to boost the Tunisian-French relations in all fields.