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The MFA meets the Secretary-General of La Francophonie

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui, held a working session with the Secretary-General of the International Organization of la Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo, on the various aspects of bilateral cooperation as well as preparations for the Francophone Summit to be held in Tunisia in 2020.

During the meeting, which was attended by the delegations of the two countries, the Foreign Minister highlighted the importance of this visit, which is the first to be carried out by Ms. Luiz Mushekiaubou to her country since assuming the post of head of the organization in January 2019. He also highlighted the importance of the Francophone dimension in Tunisia, And Tunisian diplomatic missions abroad on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Francophonie on 20 March each year.

The minister stressed that Tunisia will spare no effort to ensure all the reasons for the success of the Francophone Summit, which both sides agreed to hold during the first half of November 2020, on the level of content and logistics.

He pointed out in this regard the agreement of the parties to form a joint working group to prepare for this important international benefit, noting that in the coming period will issue a government order on the establishment of a national committee to prepare for the summit.

The Foreign Minister reiterated Tunisia's commitment to work to uphold the noble values ​​and principles upon which the Francophone Organization was founded and to strengthen the historical ties it brings together in this Organization, whose leader Habib Bourguiba was one of its founders.

He also affirmed Tunisia's support for the Secretary-General's reform program aimed at restructuring the Organization and developing its working methods for a Francophone space that promotes peace and solidarity and responds to the aspirations and expectations of peoples.

In her turn, Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo expressed her satisfaction with the level of cooperation between Tunisia and the Francophone Organization, stressing the readiness of the Organization to put all its resources and support bilateral coordination in order to prepare for the upcoming Francophone Summit. It would be appropriate to consider restructuring the Organization and developing its working methods in line with the goals set by the founding fathers, Habib Bourguiba.

She expressed her confidence that this summit will be historic and exceptional, and that it is appropriate to enhance the exchange of experiences between the countries of the Organization and the reunification of the Francophone family, highlighting that it relies on Tunisia to define its themes and contents based on its pioneering gains in the areas of youth and women's care and gender equality.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary-General of the International Organization of la Francophonie signed the agreement on the headquarters of the Regional Office for North Africa of the Organization to be hosted by Tunisia.


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