Tunisia-India: A New Inspired Vision for Bilateral Relations

Tunisia-India: A New Inspired Vision for Bilateral Relations

On October 30th, 2017, His Excellency Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia and Her Excellency Sushma Swaraj Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Co-Chaired the 12th session of Tunisia-India Joint Committee Meeting.

During the meeting, the first to be held at the Ministers of Foreign Affairs level, our two countries agreed to give a new dimension to the Tunisian-Indian relations founded on a longstanding bonds of friendship, a mutual trust, and a convergence of views on regional and global issues, such as development, peace and security, democratization, and fight against terrorism.

Indeed, the visionary Road Map adopted during the Joint Committee meeting reflects our two friendly countries’ strong commitment and full engagement to deepen and strengthen their political consultations to unleash the huge potential of their bilateral cooperation in priority areas of interest, including trade and investment promotion, transport and infrastructure, research and innovation, security, cyber-security, energy, renewable energy, pharmaceutics, textile, transport, tourism, sciences and technology, and health. Strengthening people-to-people interaction and contact is also an important part of this bold and transformative agenda.

Our two countries, also adopted several bold decisions to energize Tunisian-India partnership in key sectors such as energy, pharmaceutics, agriculture, finance, trade, and capacity building, and signed several agreements and MoUs to develop bilateral cooperation in a rang of areas of shared interest such as justice, youth and agriculture. MoUs for promoting private sector cooperation were signed during the session, between CEPEX and FIEO, on one hand, and between UTICA and FICCKI, on the other.

I can say without any hesitation that the outcomes of the 12th session of Tunisia-India Joint Committee meeting were a full success, that I am confident will give a new impetus to our bilateral cooperation and partnership on both political and economic levels during the coming years, and allow our friendly countries to share-in the opportunities of the future.

Nejmeddine Lakhal
Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the Republic of India, New Delhi

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December 2017

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