Adel Tayari - TDO - After a two-day visit to Algeria on April 5-6, during which he met with senior officials there, French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met in Tunis on Friday (April 7th) for a two-day visit... On his arrival, Bernard Cazeneuve noted the great improvement in the security situation in Tunisia, expressing the French government's confidence in the efforts exerted by the Tunisian authorities to overcome the existing difficulties. He explained that this visit is to confirm the friendly relations and solidarity between the two countries, which were targeted by terrorism, and will address a range of topics, including issues related to humanitarian, cultural, university, educational and economic. The French prime minister also said that the visit would see talks on the 18th summit of the Francophonie, which will be held in Tunisia in 2020. During the two-day visit, the French prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including French National Assembly Speaker Claude Bertolone.
During the visit, the French Prime Minister will meet with President Béji Kayed Sibsi and a series of meetings with thechairman of the People's Assembly Mohammed Al-Nasser and Prime Minister Yousuf Al-Shahid, who will discuss the most important bilateral cooperation files. He will sign a number of cooperation agreements according to a statement by the French Embassy in Tunis. These agreements concern the economic and security fields, which represent the most important challenges facing Tunisia, as well as the follow-up to the promises made during the International Investment Forum held on 29 and 30 November 2016 in Tunis. The French prime minister is expected to meet with representatives of civil society, especially the president of the Tunisian Union for Industry, Trade, and Handicrafts, and the head of the Independent High Electoral Commission to learn about the role of civil society in consolidating the exceptional democratic experience in Tunisia and efforts to complete the democratic process and achieve stability in the country. Bernard Cazeneuve visits the Bardo Museum to put a wreath to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack on 18 March 2015.The visit will also provide an opportunity to value the efforts made by the Tunisian authorities to push tourism and recognize the improvement in the security situation in the country despite the challenges.
In a statement to the French embassy in Tunis, the French prime minister will also meet the head of the Libyan government, Faiz al-Sarraj, to discuss the latest developments there.