FM chairs interactive debate with representatives of US think tanks in Washington

Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui Wednesday chaired an interactive debate with representatives of US think tanks at the seat of Tunisia's embassy in Washington.

The debate was attended by representatives of Carnegie Centre, the Atlantic Council, the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Initiative for Global Development (IGD).
Former US ambassadors to Tunisia also took part in this debate, including Gordon Gray (2009 -2012) in his quality as representative of the Centre for American Progress (CAP), Jacob Wallace (2012-2015) as representative of Carnegie Centre as well as Robin Lynn Raphel (1997-2000), representative of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in addition to representatives from the US State Department.

Mr. Jhinaoui said: "Tunisia is working to consolidate democratic transition by deploying necessary efforts to ensure the successful holding of the upcoming elections set for late 2019. It also seeks to bring to completion endeavours to put in place constitutional institutions, deal with terrorism and boost the pace of economic growth.
The Foreign Minister also said Tunisia is working to see the democratic process to a conclusion through the holding of legislative and presidential elections within the alloted time, following the signing of the presidential decree calling voters to polls.

The fight against terrorism is one of the major challenges facing the country."

The Tunisian government devised a national strategy based on a preventive and anticipatory approach which proved fruitful in tracking down and neutralising terrorists.
Tunisia eyes security cooperation with international partners, mainly the United States, to tackle the dangers of terrorism and violent extremism.
In another connection, Mr. Jhinaoui said Tunisia's economic recovery was a serious challenge for the successive governments since 2011. The target now is to reduce the unemployment rate among young people, cope with the pressures of inflation and contain limit deficit in economic balances and public finance. 

Regarding the role of Tunisia as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (2020-2021), the MFA said Tunisia will outline approaches and ideas to limit conflicts and crises worldwide. It will also push for consensual solutions for issues on the agenda. 
The FM is leading on July 16-18 a high-level delegation to works of the 3rd Strategic Dialogue. He also represents Tunisia at the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. 


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