Yesterday, Friday, on the sidelines of his participation in the extraordinary summit of the African Union held in Equatorial Guinea, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Tunisians Abroad, Othman El-Grandi, held talks and consultations with his counterparts, the foreign ministers of Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, South Africa, Cameroon, Niger, Tanzania, Namibia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea and Comoros.
The talks focused, according to a statement issued by the ministry, on the items on the summit agenda and the need to adopt a mechanism to follow up on its decisions, especially with regard to food, health and humanitarian security, combating terrorism and irregular migration.
They also discussed bilateral relations and ways of developing them and expanding horizons of cooperation towards new areas dictated by the existing challenges facing African countries and the stakes of tackling the crises they face and achieving peace, security and development on the continent.
The consultations also dealt with Tunisia’s candidacy to host the headquarters of the African Medicines Agency, where the Minister highlighted Tunisia’s leading experience in the pharmaceutical industry and its important industrial fabric for the production of medicines and research, as well as its export capacities of medicines to many countries and its proven efficiency regionally and internationally.
The ministers affirmed confidence in Tunisia as an effective partner enjoying a prestigious position, which qualified it to be among the 6 African countries selected to manufacture the Messager ARN vaccines.
On the other hand, the Minister recalled that Tunisia hosted, in August and November of this year, the eighth session of the Tokyo International Symposium on Development in Africa and the 18th session of Francophonie, stressing Tunisia’s full readiness to receive its guests and its keenness that these two important occasions be two stops on the path of strengthening multilateral cooperation in all fields and supporting The openness of the African space to the rest of the spaces.
In a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Togo, Robert Desai, Al-Grandi reviewed the total points on the summit agenda and how to coordinate in them, especially as it will discuss the issue of terrorism and military coups in Africa as well as humanitarian affairs.
The two sides stressed, according to a statement by the ministry, the importance of the African Union re-prioritizing its concerns in the security and economic fields and the need to establish mechanisms to follow up on the implementation of decisions and recommendations taken, especially since Africa suffers from many dilemmas that have not been resolved for a long time.
By virtue of its membership in the African Peace and Security Council, the Minister affirmed that Tunisia will play its full role in addressing the issues on the agenda of this important institution, which would help the continent manage its political and security affairs in the best way.
During the meeting, the TICAD and Francophone summits, which Tunisia will host in August and November, were discussed. The Togolese Minister affirmed full confidence that the two summits will come up with the desired recommendations and the necessary mechanisms that will enable the African space to consolidate its relations with other multilateral spaces.
The Togolese Minister also expressed confidence in Tunisia’s ability to rise to the present challenges and accomplish what President Kais Saied intended in the political field so that the various institutions regain their vitality as a victory for democracy, and in a manner that guarantees the sustainability and effectiveness of the constitutional institutions so that Tunisia remains a democratic beacon that attracts the respect and appreciation of all its partners, according to a text The notice.
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