Mr. Jhinaoui meets in Oslo with senior Norwegian officials

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui paid an official visit on Tuesday to Oslo as part of the first session of the Tunisian-Norwegian political consultations.

During his visit, he met with Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ole Erik Almlid, Executive Director of the Norwegian Employers' Organisation (NHO) and Eivind Fjeldstad, Executive Director of the Norwegian and African Business Association (NABA). 

The meeting with Prime Minister Solberg was an opportunity to highlight the uniqueness of the Tunisian experience and the achievements made in the field of democracy, human rights and gender equality, as well as the efforts made by the government to meet the aspirations of Tunisian youth. 

The situation in Libya, cooperation as part of the UN and the Norwegian engagement in the Sahel region were also discussed.

The tête-à-tête meeting with the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the extended working session held in the presence of the two delegations enabled the two FMs to highlight the excellence of the friendly and cooperation relations binding Tunisia and Norway and the importance of consolidating the new bilateral level achieved through the implementation of the decision on the reopening of a Norwegian embassy in Tunis. 

In addition to examining ways to further strengthen economic and financial cooperation in order to enable Tunisia to meet the socio-economic challenges of the democratic transition, discussions focused on the importance of close coordination between Tunisia and Norway, in anticipation of their respective candidatures as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. 

The objective is to promote multilateralism, international peace and stability, the fight against terrorism and the peaceful settlement of conflicts in the Middle East and the Libyan crisis. 

Mr.Jhinaoui seized the opportunity to seek Norway's support for the Tunis Diplomatic Academy project, which will have a regional focus and will be aimed at the diplomatic training of young Tunisian diplomats and senior officials of the administration, as well as diplomats from other countries, particularly in Africa and the Arab world, in the fields of international relations, preventive diplomacy and peacekeeping operations. 

The meeting with the Executive Director of the Norwegian Employers' Organisation (NHO) and the Executive Director of the Association of Norwegian and African Enterprises (NABA) focused on ways to strengthen institutional cooperation with the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA) and promote investment and partnership links between the business communities of the two countries in the ICT fields, aquaculture and fisheries, fertilisers and renewable energy, in light of Tunisia's accession to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and its integration into the African Continental Free Trade Area. 

Besides, Mr. Jhinaoui has extended an invitation to the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises to send a delegation to the Tunis Investment Forum scheduled for June 20 and 21, 2019. 

Ole Erik Almlid announced his intention to visit Tunisia leading a delegation of businessmen next November in order to strengthen cooperation with UTICA and explore ways to enable businessmen from both countries to seize the opportunities offered on the African market.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs also gave an interview to the Norwegian newspaper "Morgenbladet" on Tunisian-Norwegian relations, the situation in Tunisia three years after the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the National Dialogue Quartet, the Tunisian approach to the fight against terrorism and developments in the region.

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