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The Tunisian ambassador to Cairo announces the convening of the joint higher committee in Cairo in the second half of 2024

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Ambassador Mohamed Ben Youssef, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to Cairo and its Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States, confirmed that Tunisian-Egyptian relations are at their brightest stage and best period since the historic visit made by President Kais Saied to Cairo, and his meeting with his brother President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in April 2021, which It brought about a qualitative shift in relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Mohammed bin Youssef said in a statement: On the occasion of Tunisia’s Independence Day – Tunisian-Egyptian relations are witnessing a period of maximum recovery thanks to the distinguished ties between the leaders of the two countries, and there is continuous communication between the leaders of the two countries, whether directly in conferences and summits or by telephone, about ways to advance bilateral relations and discuss issues of common interest.

He added, “Preparations are being made to hold the 18th session of the Tunisian-Egyptian Joint Higher Committee, which is scheduled to be held in the second half of this year in Cairo under the chairmanship of the Tunisian Prime Minister and the Egyptian Prime Minister, within the framework of affirming the will of the political leadership in the two countries to advance bilateral relations to the highest levels.”

Regarding the economic cooperation between Egypt and Tunisia and the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, Ambassador Mohamed Ben Youssef said that the distinguished political relations between Egypt and Tunisia and the current qualitative shift in relations have not been reflected in the way we seek in the economic cooperation between the two countries, as the volume of Tunisian-Egyptian trade exchange is estimated.

Approximately 350 million dollars in 2023 compared to 370 million dollars in 2022. This is a very weak number and is not in line with the capabilities of the two countries.

Therefore, we seek to increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, enhance economic cooperation and remove obstacles by convening the joint trade committee in Tunisia, headed by the Ministers of Commerce of the two countries during the next stage. .

Regarding the current situation in Tunisia, he explained that the Tunisian scene is now moving towards correcting the course undertaken by President Kais Saied, “We were in near chaos in the past in the name of democracy, but in reality it is far from true democratic practice, and now Tunisia continues steadfastly on its path.” The reform that I have embarked on since July 25, 2021, in order to establish a democracy that enshrines rights and freedoms for all, and responds to the demands of the Tunisian people for reform and to extricate the country from the crises in which it has fallen during the past decade.
He said that within the framework of strengthening this reform path, legislative elections were organized that resulted in the election of a new House of Representatives, in addition to holding elections for local councils in two sessions with the aim of consolidating the National Council of regions and regions. Preparations are also being made to organize presidential elections during the year 2024, and there is diligent work currently underway. To secure the conditions and elements of success for it, away from the interference of corrupt money, so that the elections are a sincere expression of the will of the voter, away from the political money that spoiled the elections in previous years.

He added: “At the economic level, there is a slight improvement in economic indicators and expectations of achieving a reasonable growth rate (within 3%) in light of the current regional and international conditions at the geopolitical and financial levels, and the adoption of a balanced monetary policy in order to reduce resorting to external borrowing.

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