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Margot WallstrE[micro]m: "Sweden willing to support economic recovery and democratic transition in Tunisia".


(TAP) - "Sweden is now willing to support Tunisia in boosting its economic development process and permanently backing its democratic transition," said Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot WallstrE[micro]m, who is making a two-day visit to Tunisia.

Speaking Tuesday afternoon after a meeting and a working session with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui, WallstrE[micro]m said she had discussed and defined with her Tunisian counterpart partnership opportunities and joint projects to implement.

Regarding the Swedish support to the Tunisian economic recovery, the Swedish Foreign Minister said the re-opening of the embassy in Tunis is likely to encourage Swedish investors and companies to set up in Tunisia and create jobs.

The reactivation of our diplomatic mission in Tunisia fourteen years after the suspension of activity will certainly help think about medium and long term partnership projects, she added.

WallstrE[micro]m further stated that she had discussed with Jhinaoui bilateral co-operation opportunities in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

For his part, Khemaies Jhinaoui said the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offers broad prospects for bilateral co-operation with Sweden and even for a tripartite co-operation with some African countries.

"Several project ideas will be presented to Sweden within this framework," he pointed out.

Jhinaoui has took this opportunity to call on his Swedish counterpart to ensure that her country's participation in upcoming international investment conference to be active.

Regarding the exchange of views he had with WallstrE[micro]m on issues of regional and international interest, Jhinaoui said the election of Sweden as non-permanent member in the Security Council where it will sit for a period of two years from January 1, 2017, represents a major opportunity to contribute to the resolution of the crisis in Libya.

The combined efforts of Sweden and Tunisia, which will chair the 146th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the League of Arab States until March 2017, will certainly contribute to the settlement of regional issues including in Syria and Yemen, said the Minister.

The Swedish FM had earlier in the day chaired the re-opening ceremony of her country's embassy in Tunis.

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Date:Oct 25, 2016
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