By Charles Baeder | May 1 2012
Today, President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and the Tunisian Minister of State Property Slim Ben Hamidane laid the foundation stone for the construction of an anticipated Palestinian embassy and ambassadorâ€™s residence in Tunisia.
Abbas arrived on Saturday for a four-day diplomatic visit, during which he has met with a number of high-ranking government officials including Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafik Abdessalem, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, Speaker of the Constituent Assembly Mustapha Ben Jaafar, and President Moncef Marzouki. Upon receiving the Palestinian president on Saturday, Marzouki announced that the Tunisian government would provide a plot of land for the construction of the new complex.
â€œThis act is a symbolic expression of the place of Palestine in the heart of Tunisia,â€ said minister Ben Hamidane in a statement to TAP.
Additionally, Abbas announced plans for the construction of a provisional Tunisian embassy in Ramallah, expressing faith that one day a permanent embassy would be erected in Jerusalem.