22 January 2013

Tunisia: President Marzouki Meets With Tunisian Expatriates in Riyadh

Riyadh — Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki asserted, during a meeting with the Tunisian expatriates in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that Tunisia is moving forward with determination, in spite of difficulties, towards the completion of the transition stage under optimum conditions.

"The steps made up to now are positive insofar as the freedom of opinion, expression and assembly are henceforth a concrete reality," President Marzouki said, asserting that " citizens had found their dignity after long decades of abuse and injustice," he underlined.

Mr. Marzouki also said that these gains should not conceal the importance of economic and social problems the country is facing, explaining that settling them calls for more time, patience and sacrifices from citizens.

"All the sectors in the country were infected by corruption over many years and need today to be rebuilt," Mr. Marzouki said, underlining that this requires an important awareness of the imperatives of the stage and readiness to make sacrifices.

President Marzouki said that Tunisia evolves on the right track and will manage in a reasonable period of time to overcome difficulties, highlighting Tunisia's great reputation worldwide and the determination of all sides to help with economic reconstruction.

For their part, Tunisian expatriates in Riyadh wondered about the situation in Tunisia and the role of the Tunisian media in conveying a real image of what is happening in the country.

They also requested the creation in Saudi Arabia of Tunisian schools for the benefit of Tunisian children and the opening of a direct weekly airline between Tunis and Riyadh.

They also called to lend more interest to the Tunisian skills abroad, make the most of their relation networks for the creation of projects in Tunisia and involve them in scientific meetings organised in Tunisia.

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