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Interim President confers with Italian Prime Minister

Published the:  04/04/2011

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April 4, 2011 – TAP  - Interim President Foued Mebazaa received, on Monday, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the delegation escorting him.
Mr. Mebazaa pointed out, on the occasion, the strong and long-standing relations binding the two friendly countries and peoples and the common ground and interests they share, asserting the imperative to further boost bilateral co-operation and diversifying its fields, so as to meet the two peoples' aspirations.
The Interim President highlighted the efforts exerted to succeed the democratic transition process in Tunisia after the January 14 Revolution and the steps made in this field, reaffirming keenness to forge ahead on the path of materializing the goals of the Revolution.
Besides, he said that Tunisia has focused its efforts in spite of the sensitive situation it is living through, on effectively energizing the development process in the underprivileged regions and on guaranteeing all attributes of a decent life to all its inhabitants, in a way that gives back their hope in the future and protects them from the dangers of illegal immigration, notably in light of the broad prospects the January 14 Revolution opened up for all Tunisians with no exception.
Mr. Mebazaa specified that the strong co-operation and friendship relations binding Tunisia and Italy would favor the identification of adapted options to resolve the problem of this immigration, as part of protecting mutual interests.
For his part, Mr. Berlusconi voiced consideration and admiration for the Tunisian Revolution which has distinguished itself by its peaceful nature, reiterating his country's determination to support Tunisia at all levels and stand beside its people at this sensitive period, to help it take up the posed challenges.
The Italian premier pointed out the importance of joining efforts and boosting co-operation in matters of fight against illegal immigration from Tunisia to Italy, saying that he perfectly understands its reasons.
Besides, he expressed Italy's readiness to intensify consultations and provide Tunisia with the needed support to identify the adequate solutions to this problem.
The meeting, which was attended notably by FM Mohamed Mouldi Kéfi, also turned on a set of regional and international issues of mutual interest.