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Prime Minister receives Maltese Deputy Prime Minister

Published the:  19/02/2011

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February19, 2011 - TAP - Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi received on Saturday Malta's Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Tonio Borg.
In a statement to TAP news agency at the end of the meeting, the latter said it had allowed to review the current situation and the changes that happened in Tunisia and to discuss the future prospects provided to the country, notably the holding of free elections.
The meeting also dealt with the excellent bilateral relations and the traditional and historical ties between the two peoples and the two friendly countries, he added.
The Maltese Deputy PM expressed mutual will to reinforce cooperation between Tunisia and Malta through increased meetings and exchanges in all fields, notably as part of the joint committee.
Besides, he affirmed that Malta will provide all support to Tunisia at the 27 European Foreign Ministers' Meeting scheduled for next Sunday and Monday in Brussels. "Tunisia will of course be on the agenda and Malta will provide every possible support not only at bilateral level but also at the level of the EU, especially as regards negotiations for Tunisia's access to advanced partner status and in favour of a strong European attendance of the Carthage Conference scheduled to be held shortly ".
Commenting on the murder of Polish priest Marek Marius Rybinski, who worked at the Salesian school of Manouba, the Maltese Official deplored "this sad event which is unanimously condemned", stressing that Tunisia is ''a very tolerant country'' and that this ''hideous'' crime is the work of extremist groups who want to prevent Tunisia from carrying on its path to democracy .
"I am confident that Tunisia's people will reject these groups and keep on fighting for democracy", he concluded. The meeting was attended notably by Secretary of State to Foreign Affairs Radhouane Nouisser and Malta's Ambassadress in Tunis.