5 February 2014

Tunisia: UK 'Willing to Work to Promote Tourism, Investment in Tunisia' - Stephen O'brien)

Tunis — Stephen O'Brien, special envoy of the British Prime Minister, stated, on Wednesday, the willingness of the United Kingdom to promote trade with Tunisia and work to boost tourism and investment in the country, a press release of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) said.

O'Brien, who met President of the NCA, Mustapha Ben Jaafar said Tunisia can serve as a link between Northern countries and Libya, stressing UK's willingness to offer its expertise in the fight against terrorism and securing the Tunisian-Libyan borders through logistic support.

O'Brien also extended to Ben Jaafar the congratulations of Prime Minister David Cameroon and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow on the breakthrough achieved by Tunisia in its transition process.

He also commended the stage reached by Tunisia in its democratic process, particularly through the adoption of the new constitution, the election of the independent higher authority for the elections and the installation of a new government thanks to a consensus reached through national dialogue which, he said, "should serve a model for Arab Spring countries."

Ben Jaafar said, on his part, that Tunisia would not have taken these steps in this transition process without a strong administration, republican police an army and a vibrant civil society.

He reiterated the commitment of the political leadership and the new government to focus efforts on security and development issues, stressing the important role played by security forces in the co-ordination between its different bodies and the national army to combat terrorism.

"Tunisia has today a capital of trust with neighbour Libya after having hosted nearly one million refugees during the events of the Libyan revolution, which makes of it an economic bridge between countries of the North and Libya," added Mustapha Ben Jaafar.

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