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Tunisian diplomacy will take qualitative leap forward (PM)

Published the:  02/08/2016

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August 2, 2016 – TAP  – The Tunisian diplomacy will see a qualitative leap over the period of the Development Plan 2016/2020, said Caretaker Prime Minister Habib Essid at the opening Tuesday in Dar Dhiafa, Carthage, of the Annual Conference of Heads of Diplomatic and Consular Missions.

He also urged heads of permanent diplomatic and consular missions to make " exceptional efforts" to help steer the country out of the delicate security, economic and social situation. The former have a major role to play in identifying opportunities of multilateral cooperation with international organisations, he emphasised. Essid was critical, in this vein, of some diplomatic and consular missions "which offered nothing for the country."

The outgoing premier said it is important to send out positive messages about the stable security situation to Tunisia's partners and seek to enhance the country's image as a destination for investors and tourists.

He likewise put emphasis on the role of the Tunisian diplomacy in securing the success of the International Conference on Investment, slated for November 29-30, by means of increasing contacts and meetings with stakehoklders and economic operators in countries of accreditation.

Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui underlined the importance of putting the Tunisian diplomacy on the right track to preserve its sovereignty and interests. The Annual Conference of Heads of Diplomatic and Consular Missions offers the opportunity to produce a roadmap for Tunisia's diplomatic action by 2020 in such a way as to help address security and economic challenges.

The Exporter House will host, on the sidelines of the conference of diplomatic missions, a business day during which heads of diplomatic missions, businessmen and economic actors will discuss ways to promote economic relations and trade with the various partners.

This 34th annual conference is held under the motto "Tunisia by 2020: a Modern and Active Diplomacy at the service of Security and Development."