17 May 2016

Tunisia: Caid Essebsi Stresses Importance of Relations With Qatar

Tunis, — Tunisia attaches "greater importance to developing its historic relations" with Qatar, President Beji Caid Essebsi said on the eve of a three-day official visit to Qatar.

"Tunisia and Qatar are working continuously to achieve greater convergence and understanding on all issues," he stressed at an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA), prior to his departure for a first official visit as President of the Republic to the Gulf State.

He pointed to "a match of views and positions between Tunisia and Qatar on several regional and international issues of common concern, most importantly the Libyan crisis which directly affects the situation in Tunisia," reports the Qatari news agency.

Tunisia shows support for the Government of National Accord headed by Faez al-Sarraj, resulting from the Skhirat political agreement that crowned a process of negotiations overseen by the United Nations.

Doha had welcomed last March the installation of al-Sarraj's government in the Libyan capital.

Caid Essebsi has also expressed again his thanks to Qatar for its support to Tunisia.

"Qatar was among the first Arab countries to recognise the Tunisian revolution," he said, adding "this is why I had visited Doha when I was Prime Minister (February-December 2011).

Caid Essebsi Tuesday began a three-day official visit to Qatar.

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