21 January 2013

Mali: The Malian Issue Is Not Only a Security One, Marzouki Tells Hollande in a Telephone Talk

Carthage — Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki said, at a telephone talk on Sunday evening with French President François Hollande, that Tunisia believes the Malian issue is not only a security one but also a political issue, in view of its negative repercussions on the countries of the region, which requires, according to him "to deal again with it as a political issue."

The French President affirmed for his part that the French military operation in Mali "will come to an end shortly" and France is endeavouring to reinforce the capacities of the Malian government to face the security threats to the unity of its territory, reads a statement of the Presidency.

As regards bilateral relations, Hollande expressed will to visit Tunisia next spring, noting that France had already started preparing for this visit to be a turning point in bilateral relations.

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