Raffarin in Tunis for talks

31st January 2005, Comments 0 comments

TUNIS, Jan 30 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin arrived in Tunis on Sunday for talks expected to focus on international issues, Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and bilateral economic cooperation.

TUNIS, Jan 30 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin arrived in Tunis on Sunday for talks expected to focus on international issues, Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and bilateral economic cooperation.

Raffarin, accompanied by his wife and the ministers of transport, industry, trade, cooperation and tourism, as well as a large delegation of business leaders, was met at the airport by his Tunisian counterpart Mohamed Ghannouchi with military honours.

The French prime minister will meet with members of the French community in Tunisia before brief talks with Ghannouchi to be followed by a dinner.

He is to meet President Zine el Abidine ben Ali on Monday.

Raffarin's visit follows a series of trips by various French ministers in recent months to the north African country, which had frosty relations with France's previous Socialist government, mainly because of human rights issues.

French President Jacques Chirac visited Tunisia in December 2003.

France is Tunisia's main trading partner and top investor, with more than 1,000 French companies operating in the former French protectorate.

© AFP

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