1 April 2014

Tunisia: Mehdi Jomaa Starts Official Visit to U.S.A.

New York — Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa started, Tuesday, a four-day official visit to the United States, at the invitation of President Barack Obama.

Jomaa will be received at the White House by President Obama, April 4.

"Mehdi Jomaa's visit to U.S.A. testifies to the solid friendship relations binding the American and Tunisian peoples and the Government's commitment towards the democratic transition," a White House statement pointed out.

The PM will have talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

He will also have a set of meetings with officials in the U.S. administration and the Congress, businessmen and heads of enterprises.

In the first stage of his visit in New York, Jomaa will notably meet with Google technology and Microsoft technology officials.

He is accompanied in his visit by Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi, Economy and Finance Minister Hakim Ben Hammouda, Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technology Minister Taoufik Jelassi, Minister Delegate to the Interior Minister in charge of Security Ridha Sfar, Secretary of State to Development and International Co-operation Noureddine Zekri and Central Bank of Tunisia Governor Chedly Ayari.

For the Prime Ministry, the official visit aims to develop partnership between Tunis and Washington in this transition phase, to help Tunisia make of its transition process a success.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced during his visit to Tunisia last February, that he had agreed with the Prime Minister to hold the first meeting of Tunisian-U.S. strategic dialogue during Jomaa's visit in Washington.

This strategic dialogue, he explained, aims to foster bilateral relations and will focus on security co-operation and on establishing solid economic relations between the two countries.

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