Relationship between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia: Deep and renewed cooperation

The deeply-rooted relations between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia which are distinguished by longstanding common brotherly cooperation and mutual respect appeared through mutual visits at the highest level of the two countries. The latest is the visit of Saudi Foreign affairs minister Prince Faical Bin Farhan Al–Saud to Tunisia, accompanied by minister of state for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Qattan,  an important occasion to hand Tunisian president Kais Said a letter from his brother King Selman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud to visit the Kingdom.

This invitation marks the Saudi leadership’s keenness to boost the permanent historical and strong relation binding the two countries, based on brotherhood, common balanced attitudes and decisions in solving Arab and International issues including the Libyan crises, as the Kingdom is eager to serve the general interest of Libya and its neighbouring countries and share with Tunisia the diplomatic initiatives that take Libya away from violence and bloodshed.

The visit indicates that Tunisia has special importance to the Saudi leadership and will open a new chapter in the relation between Tunisia and Riyadh, given its benefits for advancing and strengthening the relations of friendship and cooperation, especially that Riyadh has always backed Tunisian people especially in hard circumstances they faced.

Saudi ambassador to Tunisia, Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali who expressed his happiness for this visit, constantly emphasizes the position of his country to promote more important cooperation with Tunisia.

Before this visit of Saudi Foreign affairs minister Prince Faical Bin Farhan Al –Saud to Tunisia, the Saudi ambassador Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali met Tunisian Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives Rached Ghannouchi at the parliament headquarters and extended the congratulations of King  Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud on the occasion of Ghannouchi’s election as Speaker of parliament.

Besides, the bilateral relations have known practical steps through intense encounters made by Saudi ambassador within the framework of the donation offered from the Kingdom to Tunisia by order of King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz to launch some projects on the ground through starting the construction of the huge medical edifice in the city of Kairouan (King Salman University Hospital), hospital in Sbiba in Kasserine governorate and another in El Jem in Mahdia governorate.

Saudi ambassador expressed the constant keenness of the Kingdom to expand the scope of cooperation, especially the economic ones, which help Tunisians reach further success and overcome all obstacles facing the economy, indicating that the Kingdom will spare no effort in supporting the economy and the investment in its various field.

TunisianMonitorOnline (Bassam Ouda)

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