Tunisian democratic experience discussed at Med-Dialogues conference in Rome

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and acting Foreign Minister Sabri Bachtobji reaffirmed the major importance that Tunisia attaches to the peaceful settlement of the Libyan crisis, in accordance with the process placed under the auspices of the United Nations.

He participated on December 6 and 7 in the 5th edition of the Med-Dialogues conference in Rome, which was attended by ministers, businessmen and culture representatives, as well as members of civil society and representatives of regional and international organisations.

The democratic transition in Tunisia was on the agenda. Bachtobji reviewed the various stages that marked the Tunisian process, highlighting, in particular, the success of the last elections.

He asserted that the country is determined to move forward and pursue economic reforms in order to create a new development dynamic.

Besides, the Secretary of State stressed the need to consolidate partnership relations with the European Union.

He noted that Tunisian-Italian relations have been developed into a strategic partnership, recalling that Italy is Tunisia's second largest economic and trade partner and the second largest investor with nearly 900 companies located in various regions of the country.

On the fringes of the conference, Bachtobji participated, at the invitation of Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, in a ministerial meeting of the Libyan neighbourhood countries on the latest developments in Libya and ways to reach a political settlement of the crisis.

In addition, Bachtobji discussed with the Italian and Japanese Foreign Ministers ways to strengthen bilateral relations and optimise the exchange of visits.

He also had a meeting with the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) which focused on strengthening the bank's activities in Tunisia and supporting the private sector, particularly

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