Tunis — Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali is starting Monday a two-day friendship and working visit to Turkey, at the invitation of Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.
This visit is expected to be crowned with the signing of a joint declaration on the setting up of a higher council of bilateral strategic co-operation to be chaired by the two countries' prime ministers and to meet alternately once a year in Tunisia and Turkey.
"The objective of this council will be to increase political consultations between the two countries and boost bilateral co-operation in all fields," reads a Prime Ministry statement, adding that agreements in matters of culture and education will also be concluded during this visit.
The PM is expected as well to meet with Turkish President Abdullah GÃ¼l, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and Turkish Parliament Speaker Jamil Chichek, and to hold talks with delegates of the Turkish Industry and Business Association and Turkish businessmen.
In November 2012, Turkey allocated to Tunisia 500 million dollars, including a credit worth 400 million dollars and a donation of 100 million dollars.
In 2005, an agreement providing for the setting up of free trade zone had been signed between Tunisia and Turkey.