Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui receives French counterpart

On Monday, October 22, 2018, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, accompanied by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, held a long working session of the delegations of the two countries to discuss the latest developments. Tunisian-French cooperation in various fields and to strengthen the mechanisms of strategic partnership between the two countries. Common.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed that Tunisia wishes to develop its strategic relations with France as the first economic partner of our country, stressing the importance of monitoring the implementation of ambitious projects included in the roadmap defined by both parties during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Tunisia on January 31, 2017, and February 1, 2018.

The agreement between the two parties will contribute to the success of the economic transition, in order to support the democratic process, to meet the current economic and social challenges and to meet the aspirations of its young people in terms of employment and dignity.

In this context, he called for supporting the training of young Tunisians, especially highly qualified ones, to prepare them for labor market integration and to open the doors to organized migration in order to reduce labor market rates. unemployed in their ranks and benefit from their expertise, which includes various skills.

For his part, the French Foreign Minister described the relations of his country with Tunisia as "exceptional", stressing the importance of developing them in various fields. He also expressed satisfaction with the periodic coordination between the two countries to monitor the implementation of the commitments contained in the roadmap in accordance with Tunisian priorities.

He also recalled France's commitment to accompany economic transition and strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas.

With regard to efforts to achieve a political solution in Libya, both sides stressed their willingness to accompany the political process in Libya and to encourage Libyans to dialogue and to negotiate in accordance with the plan of the United Nations envoy in Libya.

At the end of the meeting, the two ministers signed the "Expertise France" agreement, an expensive office that advises and studies projects funded by the French Development Agency and approved by the competent Tunisian authorities.

The visit of the French Foreign Minister to Tunisia is part of a series of intensive bilateral meetings and meetings between foreign ministers of the two countries, the most recent in New York in September on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.


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