By Hend Hassassi | Feb 7 2012German debt forgiveness , German Foreign Affairs Minister , Guido Westerwelle , Rafik Abdessalam , third world debt forgiveness ,
The two ministers expressed their satisfaction with the relationsÂ between TunisiaÂ and GermanyÂ since the revolution, and stressed their willingness toÂ further strengthen Tunisian-GermanÂ cooperation.
While Germany does not have the same close relations with Tunisia as former colonizer France or neighboring Italy, it is the third most active trading partner with the North African country. Germany also recently announced the cancellation of Tunisia’s debt, totaling some 60 million Euros, thereby starting relations on a friendly footing.
This meetingÂ was alsoÂ an opportunity for Abdessalem to explain toÂ his German counterpartÂ the evolutionÂ of the political situation in the country since the elections, and discuss the orientationÂ of the Tunisian government in terms of socio-economic development.
Westerwelle took the opportunity to commend theÂ democratic transition in Tunisia, which he described as a potential model for the region. He reiteratedÂ the willingnessÂ of Germany to continueÂ its support of Tunisia during theÂ transitional process andÂ agreed with Abdessalem that it was important toÂ enhance the partnership between the countries politically and economically.
Abdessalem also met with Ruprecht Polenz,Â chairman of theÂ Foreign Affairs Committee ofÂ the Bundestag (the German parliament) andÂ GunterÂ Gloser,Â chairman of theÂ Parliamentary Friendship GroupÂ with Maghreb Countries.
AbdessalemÂ focusedÂ onÂ the needsÂ and expectationsÂ of TunisiaÂ with its key partners, particularly Germany, and soughtÂ the latterâ€™s commitment to Tunisia.