Referring to Tunisian-Saudi relations and the expected visit to Tunisia of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin AbdulAziz Al Saud, Foreign Minister Jhinaoui said that these relations have further developed since President Caïd Essebsi’s visit to Riyadh in December 2015. He recalled the participation of the President of the Republic in the Arab, Islamic and American Summit held on May 21, 2017 in Riyadh and his participation in the 29th session of the Arab Summit held on April 15, 2018 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This is in addition to the official visit to Tunisia on November 27, 2018 of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, leading a large delegation of Saudi princes, ministers and senior officials, he said in an interview with TAP.
Jhinaoui considered that the existence of the League of Arab States is important and imperative as a space that brings together all Arabs and allows their leaders to meet and discuss arab common issues.
The Syrian issue is on the agenda of all Arab meetings and will be discussed at the Tunis Summit, said FM Khémaies Jhinaoui, explaining that the current political processes require Arab leaders to take an interest in the situation in Syria to bring the country out of the crisis and enable it to regain its place within the Arab nation.
Jhinaoui reported that Tunisia has worked since the Dhahran Summit held in April 2018 in Saudi Arabia to host this 30th session, noting that all logistical and content preparations necessary for the smooth running of this important event have been completed.
In terms of logistics, the Minister of Foreign Affairs reported that several areas to house the work of the Arab League Summit have been developed.
Jhinaoui indicated that the Department of Foreign Affairs had prepared working documents that could make this 30th session an exceptional event in the history of the League of Arab States and joint Arab action.
“The Arab Summit will work to make the Palestinian cause the top priority of Arab leaders. It will be a new beginning with a view to raising more interest in the cause on the international scene and helping Palestinians build an independent state on their lands with Al-Quds Asharif as their capital,” said Jhinaoui.
The Foreign Minister also said that the Libyan issue will be crucial on the Arab Summit agenda as the situation in Libya also concerns Tunisia in terms of security and the economy, recalling the tripartite initiative (Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt) launched in 2017 by President Beji Caïd Essebsi to help Libya emerge from the crisis, resolve conflicts between the main Libyan actors and find a peaceful solution.