12 June 2014

Tunisia: PSC Determined to Back Tunisia in All Processes - Chair

Tunis, — Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Fayçal Gouia received, on Thursday afternoon, a European delegation made up of members of the Political and Security Committee (PSC). The delegation is on a working visit in Tunisia on June 12-13.

PSC Chair Walter Stevens told TAP, after the meeting, he seized the opportunity to congratulate the Tunisian Government on the progress made as the country transitions to democracy, notably a fresh constitution.

Likewise, he said the Committee is determined to support Tunisia in all the processes it has embarked on.

The upcoming elections are of paramount importance and have to be held within the deadline, that is no later than the end of 2014, notwithstanding the current debate, he added.

Additionally, Stevens indicated that the meeting focused on the security situation in Tunisia and the whole region. "The state of affairs in Libya is far from reassuring," he stated.

Moreover, the talk turned on cooperation between Tunisia and the European Union (EU) as the implementation of an action plan devised last April on trade, economic and mobility cooperation was discussed, Walter Stevens indicated.

For his part, Gouia told TAP news agency that the meeting sought to engage in a "frank and open dialogue" with PSC on political issues of concern to Tunisia, particularly the ongoing democratic transition, elections, the new Constitution and other pieces of legislation.

Security cooperation and the need for European support to prevent further deterioration were a focal point of the talk, the Secretary of State said.

The meeting also discussed mobility between Tunisia and the EU and the economic difficulties inherent to the transitional stage in Tunisia, Gouiaa underscored.

PSC is a permanent body within the EU which is made up of representatives of the 28 member states.

It is tasked with the foreign and security policy of the European bloc.

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