FM takes part in Munich Security Conference, meets number of his counterparts and senior officials

Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui took part in the 55th session of the Munich Security Conference held in the Bavarian capital from February 15 to 17.

The conference was attended by more than thirty-five heads of state and government, about 80 foreign and defense ministers, as well as a significant number of high-ranking officials from various countries and senior representatives of international and regional organizations.
On the occasion, the Foreign Minister held a number of meetings with his Libyan, Dutch and Georgian counterparts, the Arab League Secretary-General, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, the Iraqi national security adviser and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations.
The meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok discussed ways to foster and expand bilateral co-operation, the upcoming bilateral events and Netherland’s Support for the process of co-operation between Tunisia and the European Union.
Jhinaoui also met met with his Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani. The two ministers agreed to complete the draft bilateral agreements in order to enrich the legal framework regulating the relations between the two countries. The aim is to strengthen them and provide new prospects for fruitful partnership relations between Tunisia and Georgia.
The FM’s meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit discussed the Arab-European Summit to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh on February 24-25. 
Mr. Jhinaoui stressed the need to ensure that this summit leads to positive results that contribute to further promote Arab-European co-operation.
He also gave an overview of Tunisia's latest preparations to ensure the success of the next Arab Summit it will host in late March 2019.
Tunisia's relations with the European Union and the ongoing preparations for the EU-Tunisian Association Council in Brussels in May was at the heart of a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn. 
The two sides reviewed the importance of the European support programmes for Tunisia to promote and support the democratic and economic transition in the country.
During a meeting with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salamé, the Minister highlighted the latest developments in the political process to find a peaceful solution to the Libyan issue.
He emphasised the key role of the neighboring countries in backing the UN efforts to advance negotiations between the various Libyan stakeholders and speeding up a solution in Libya.
Mr. Jhinaoui also had a meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix who paid tribute to Tunisia's contributions to UN peacekeeping operations and welcomed the deployment of a military aviation unit in Mali.
He expressed his interest in Tunisia’s participation in new qualitative peacekeeping operations planned by the United Nations, as part of a new approach to restructure the United Nations peacekeeping mission.

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