17 March 2014

Tunisia: Senior Saudi Officials Pledge Political, Economic Support to Tunisia

Riyadh — Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa had a talk, on Monday morning, with Foreign Affairs Minister, Prince, Saoud Al-Faycal at his residence in Riyadh Conference Palace.

The Saudi FM was accompanied by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Abdelaziz Ibn Abdallah Ibn Abdelaziz, and the latter's aides, Youssef Al-Saadoun and Nasser Al-Breik, respectively in charge of economic affairs and bilateral issues.

Jomaa said the security and economic situation in Tunisia has stabilised and asserted willingness to set up a platform favourable to Saudi investments and the influx of Saudi tourists, Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi indicated.

Multifaceted co-operation "based on the principle of mutual interest" is welcome, Jomaa added. "Tunisian-Saudi relations cannot be summed up in the financial component but ought to be comprehensive and diversified," he underscored.

The talk also turned on a set of regional and international issues, notably the state of affairs in Libya and Syria, Hamdi pointed out. He said, in this regard, that the two countries shared the same views.

Prince Saoud Al-Faycal voiced the Kingdom's readiness to support Tunisia at the political and economic levels, the Foreign Minister highlighted.

Besides, he expressed hope that agreements expected to be signed with Saudi Arabia, notably in matters of investment, would be implemented.

This visit "helped remove any ambiguity which would have tarnished bilateral relations," the FM underlined.

Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa met, on Sunday evening, with Prince Muqrin Ibn Abdallah Ibn Abdelaziz Al-Saoud, second Deputy Prime Minister and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques.

The talk focused on the prospects of co-operation between the two countries and means to develop them in the diverse fields.

The situation in the Arab world as well as on the regional and international scale was addressed, Mongi Hamdi told TAP.

Prince Muqrin expressed his country's keenness to provide political and economic support to Tunisia, he said.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Industry Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah and Economy and Planning Minister Mohamed Al-Jasser as well as by Tunisia's FM Mongi Hamdi, Economy and Finance Minister Hakim Ben Hammouda, Diplomatic Adviser to the PM Hatem Atallah and Tunisia's Ambassador in Riyadh Ali Ben Arfa.

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