China and Tunisia pledge to boost co-operation

24357837375 337e6f96b4 zTunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi commented that China could play a key role in his country's infrastructure construction. (Image Source: U.S. Institute of Peace/Flickr)Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has stated that China is ready to strengthen co-operation with Tunisia in areas such as trade, infrastructure and industrial capacity

Wang was on an official visit to Tunisia, following the 7th ministerial conference of the China–Arab states co-operation forum (CASCF) held in Doha, Qatar.

During his meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Wang pointed out that since the countries developed diplomatic ties over 50 years ago, the China–Tunisia relations have been developing smoothly. Tunisia is a member of the Arab League and a major country in North Africa, its co-operation with China has great potential, and China is ready to work with it to explore new areas and approaches of co-operation he added.

Essebsi added that he hoped the two countries could reinforce co-operation at various levels. He also welcomed more Chinese companies to invest in Tunisia, hoping they could play a key role in his country’s infrastructure construction.

During his meeting with Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid on Friday, Wang noted that the CASCF and the forum on China–Africa co-operation are platforms through which China and Tunisia could turn their traditional friendship into pragmatic co-operation.

The prime minister expressed the willingness to expand Tunisia–China co-operation especially in areas such as trade, investment, tourism and infrastructure.

He said that Tunisia, which is now faced with many challenges including security threats and terrorism, hoped to get China’s support during the process of its socio-economic reform, and ride on the growth opportunities brought by China.

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