Multiple North African and Middle Eastern leaders gathered in Tunis today to show their support for the Tunisian revolution on its second anniversary.
Mauritanian President Mohamed Weld Abdelaziz discussed the state of security in the African west coast as well as the possible impact of Mali’s unrest on Mauritania. The presidents tackled the question of uniting the Arab Maghreb in terms of economic development projects.
Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah passed along the compliments of the Kuwaiti prince to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in a meeting at the presidential palace this morning. Al Sabah later met with Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, state news agency TAP reported. Jebali stressed the importance of reviving Kuwaiti-Tunisian relations, which witnessed “cooling” over the past couple of years. According to Jebali, Kuwait holds a special place in Tunisians’ minds, given that it was one of the country’s first foreign investors following the revolution.
Marzouki also met with President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential palace at Carthage. The two presidents looked back at recent developments in Palestine, regarding its acquisition of non-member state status in the United Nations as an “important step.” Marzouki renewed Tunisia’s support for the Palestinian cause. Jebali, who met with Abbas later in the day, promised to raise the question of financial support to Palestine in the upcoming meetings of the Arab League.
Marzouki met with Morrocan Parliament President Karim Ghallab and the Morrocan Minister of Foreign Affairs today. Ghallab thanked the Tunisian president “for the sacrifices he’s made for the freedom and dignity as well as for the hope he has spread in many Arab hearts,” TAP reported. Marzouki has issued an invitation to Moroccan King Mohamed VI as a step to further economic collaboration between the two countries.
Head of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar met with Algerian, Morrocan, and Egyptian parliamentary representatives whom he briefed on the NCA’s work.