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Prime Minister receives Australian Foreign Minister

Published the:  10/03/2011

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March 10, 2011 - TAP - Caretaker Prime Minister Béji Caid Essebsi received, on Thursday March 10, 2011 in Tunis, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, who is on an official visit to Tunisia.
In a statement to Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) News Agency, Mr. Rudd said his meeting with the Prime Minister had focused on the political situation in Tunisia.
He added that Australia welcomed with enthusiasm the Tunisian Revolution and Tunisia's stepping into the "circle of democratic countries."
He added that this visit, the first of its kind, of an Australian Foreign Minister, is historic and shows a real will to further strengthen the relations between the two countries.
In another connection, Mr. Rudd noted that his visit, beyond its political dimension, aims primarily at providing concrete assistance to Tunisia in this transitory period of its history.
Australia, he added, is ready to share its expertise in various fields such as energy, particularly through power production projects or also in matters of agriculture, irrigation in semi-dry zones and breeding.
He expressed hope that Tunisia will play an active role in the Arab-Australian Trade Forum to be organized soon by Australia.
He said his country plans to invite Tunisian businessmen and business representatives and help them get in touch with their Australian counterparts and show that Tunisia is a country open to investment and offers significant business opportunities.