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National Defense Minister confers with ambassador of France in Tunis

Published the:  11/03/2011

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March 11, 2011 - TAP - Mr. Boris Boillon, ambassador of France in Tunis praised the Tunisian Revolution which he considers as "model that has found good resonance in the world."
He paid tribute to the National Army for their role in protecting the revolution and the professional and organized management of the flow of refugees from Libya.
The ambassador who was received, on Friday, by National Defense Minister Abdelkrim Zbidi, stressed the will of France to boost co-operation with Tunisia in all fields.
He reiterated his country's keenness to make every efforts to help Tunisia access the status of advanced partner to the European Union before late this year.
He said, in this regard, that there is a real French political will to re-examine visa-granting procedures and establish an annual program to host Tunisian youth in different specialties.
Mr. Abdelkrim Zbidi said Tunisia deserves to access the status of advanced partner to the European Union as a free and democratic country.
He stressed the need to develop Tunisian-French co-operation by diversifying its forms to cover all fields.
He said that bilateral military co-operation has reached an important level, covering several fields such as training, new technologies, military history and health and exchange of expertise and lecturers.
He added that the privileged relations between the countries require reconsidering the process of granting visas.
He also emphasized the importance of reviewing principles around which the Union for the Mediterranean was founded, in light of the recent developments that took place in the southern Mediterranean bank, calling on European countries to give a fresh impetus to co-operation with southern Mediterranean countries.