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Edouard Balladur: "Tunisia will be an economic model, in the same way it was politically".

TUNIS (TAP) - "My visit aimed to discuss with the Tunisian authorities the implementation of the decisions of the G8 Deauville Summit on assistance to four Arab countries which are on the path of political revival, Tunisia included," said on Tuesday, Mr. Edouard Balladur, former French Prime Minister and presently the special envoy of the G8 Summit for the implementation of Deauville Partnership, to Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency. He added, after his talk with Foreign Minister Mohamed Mouldi Kefi, "we agreed to work together, in such a way that we could hold in the second half of November a new meeting of Deauville Partnership at the ministerial level, to fix the funding destined to these four countries and means of their distribution." In another connection, Mr. Balladur voiced the confidence placed in Tunisia's capacity to be an economic example, as it was a political one, by taking the initiative to co-ordinate efforts of the various international financing institutions entrusted with making of this partnership an effective one and helping Tunisia develop its economy. In turn, Mr. Kefi voiced satisfaction at the progress of bilateral relations in all fields, notably at this transition stage, highlighting France's mobilising role, in particular as part of the G8, to contribute to the success of the democratic process in Tunisia. The G8 Summit, held last May 27, in Deauville, France, decided to grant an assistance worth 14 billion euros to Tunisia and Egypt. These funds will come from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as well as other financial institutions.

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Date:Oct 19, 2011
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