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Foreign Minister receives Swiss Deputy-Secretary of State for Africa and Middle East

Published the:  02/03/2011

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March 2, 2011 -TAP - Foreign Minister Mohamed Mouldi Kefi voiced satisfaction at the quality of Tunisian-Swiss relations and expressed Tunisia's will to boost its co-operation with Switzerland, when receiving, on Wednesday March 2, 2011, Mr. Marcel Stutz, Swiss Deputy-Secretary of State for Africa and the Middle East.
In his statement to TAP News Agency, the latter pointed out that his visit in Tunisia is part of reinforcing co-operation between the two countries.
He pointed out that the talk had turned on the political and diplomatic support that Switzerland could provide to Tunisia, at the level of international authorities, notably to mobilize funds.
Besides, Mr. Stutz said that Switzerland is closely following the humanitarian situation in the Tunisian South-Eastern borders, specifying that experts in drinking water and sanitary fittings had been sent to prevent any risk of diseases or unhealthy conditions for refugees there, pending repatriation to their home countries.
He pointed out that Switzerland is financially supporting action in Tunisia, the International Committee of the Red Cross, notably in setting up transit camps, adding that other funds would be granted to the Tunisian Red Crescent and volunteers from the Swiss Red Cross would be dispatched.
In another connection, Mr. Stutz specified that all assets of the Ben Ali family and relatives had been frozen in compliance with article 184 of the Swiss Constitution, and that a delegation of Swiss experts had been in Tunisia last week to discuss this issue, ahead of Tunisia's sending of a rogatory commission to Switzerland to legally finalize the issue.
He concluded by asserting that his country is ready to support Tunisia in its democratic transition by providing technical assistance in conformity with the Tunisian people's sovereign political choices.