1 April 2014

Tunisia: Jomaa - U.S. Decision to Lift Travel Warning for Tunisia Is a "Strong Signal"

New York, — The decision of the United States to lift the travel warning for Tunisia is a "strong signal," that prompts a positive assessment of the official visit (he is paying in this country), interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said on the first day of his visit in New York.

"It is an important step, because many countries take into account such a decision even if Tunisia is not a privileged destination for American tourists," he stressed.

Speaking of the US-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue whose first session will be launched at the official visit he is paying to the United States, Jomaa said this dialogue has a crucial economic dimension.

"Indeed, the American market, which is vast, requires us to provide the same facilities and opportunities offered to Europe," he indicated.

As part of this Dialogue, co-operation between Tunisia and the U.S. will continue in terms of co-ordination in the fight against terrorism.

Speaking during his visit, Tuesday, to the Cornell "Tech Centre" of Technological innovation, where he conferred with Vice-President of Cathy Dove Centre, the Prime Minister said he discussed plans to create a similar project in Tunisia to cover the region of North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Mediterranean.

He highlighted the prospects such a project could open for Tunisian graduates.

Located at Google headquarters in New York, Cornell Tech is an academy specialising in high technologies.

The centre is a hotbed of technology hosting graduate students and professionals from companies such as Google and Facebook working in joint buildings.

The interim Prime Minister also conferred with Chairman of the Board of Directors of Google Technology Centre Eric Schmidt.

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