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Foreign Affairs Minister confers with US Secretary of State

Published the:  17/03/2011

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March 17, 2011 - TAP - Prospects for developing and bolstering the Tunisian-American relations were the focus of the talk that Foreign Minister Mohamed Mouldi Kéfi had, on Thursday March 17, 2011, with Mrs. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, who is presently on a working visit in Tunisia.
Mr. Kéfi commended the American support to the Tunisian people who aspire to democracy and freedom, "a support which President Obama himself expressed in his State of the Union Address".
The Foreign Minister also reminded the long-standing Tunisian-American friendship relations and their strategic nature, voicing Tunisia's will to open up a new chapter with America, to further strengthen and diversify bilateral relations in such a manner as to hoist them to the level of a stronger and mutually beneficial partnership.
He underlined the importance of the Tunisian-American co-operation in matters of promoting human resources and in the science and technology fields, stressing the opportunity to energize economic exchanges, particularly in matters of investment in the priority and job-creating sectors, notably in the underprivileged areas of Tunisia.
In turn, Mrs. Clinton voiced the United States' solidarity with Tunisia and its support to the Tunisian people's democratic demands, offering her country's assistance to Tunisia to ensure success of the democratic transition and to help the country take up challenges of the coming stage.
She also commended the fact that the wave of aspirations for liberty and dignity which is presently sweeping across the Arab world started in Tunisia, expressing the US will to contribute actively to the modernization of the Tunisian economy, notably in the fields of regional development and promotion of enterprises and inciting the private sector to do business in Tunisia.
The talk also provided the opportunity to review regional and international issues of mutual interest.