Tunisian president, French FM discuss bilateral cooperation, Libyan peace

TUNIS, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian President Kais Saied held a meeting on Thursday with visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, during which they discussed boosting bilateral ties and the Libyan peace.

The two sides discussed the need to strengthen the existing bilateral cooperation between the two countries and the need to diversify it in various fields, in particular in the fight against terrorism and extremism, the Tunisian presidency said in a statement.

Tunisian President meets U.S. Defense Secretary over anti-terrorism, Libyan crisis

TUNIS, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian President Kais Saied met on Wednesday with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper over the issues of anti-terrorism and the Libyan crisis during his one-day visit to the country.

They discussed U.S.-Tunisian cooperation in the fields of economy, security, defense, combating terrorism and regional issues of common concern, according to a statement released by the Presidency.

On the Libyan crisis, Saied noted the solution to the crisis should be based on the agreement of all the Libyan factions away from any foreign interference.

Tunisian president meets with visiting Algerian FM, cooperation discussed

TUNIS, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian President Kais Saied received on Monday visiting Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, said a statement released by the presidency.

"During the meeting, the head of state pledged to further develop the relations between the two countries to reach the expected level," said the statement.

Saied also insisted on the need to identify new mechanisms in order to boost cooperation in the service of the "two brotherly peoples."

Libya's Haftar to announce end of oil blockade, source close to him says

TUNIS (Reuters) - A source close to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar said on Friday that Haftar would shortly announce the lifting of his forces’ blockade on Libyan oil exports, which has been in place since January.

However, Libya’s National Oil Corporation said overnight it would not lift force majeure on exports until oil facilities were demilitarised.

Hichem Mechichi assumes office as Tunisian PM

TUNIS, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Hichem Mechichi formally assumed his duties as the head of the new Tunisian government on Thursday, said the Tunisian presidency.

During the power transfer ceremony, the new prime minister emphasized that the difficult and complex economic and political climate in which Tunisia is currently living "will not discourage the new government for making all efforts to stop the economic bleeding and ensure the country's stability."

Tunisia lawmakers approve new government

TUNIS, Sept 2 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Tunisia’s parliament approved the country’s third government in less than a year on Wednesday, overcoming discontent among lawmakers incensed by how the administration was formed and averting the threat of disruptive early elections.

Former interior minister Hichem Mechichi was confirmed as premier after his cabinet, dominated by independent technocrats, secured support from nearly two-thirds of the chamber’s deputies overnight.

Tunisian president meets Italian ministers over illegal immigration issue

TUNIS, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian President Kais Saied met on Monday with visiting Italian Minister of Interior Luciana Lamorgese and Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio to discuss the illegal immigration issue.

According to a statement released by the presidency, the two Italian ministers were accompanied by the European Commissioner for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.

Tunisia: No-confidence vote fails to remove Ghannouchi

31 July 2020; MEMO: Tunisia’s parliament speaker Rached Ghannouchi on Thursday maintained his position after surviving a no-confidence vote, Anadolu Agency reports.

His Ennahda party’s MPs are celebrating as the results allow Ghannouchi to continue his term of 2020-2024.

“Thank you for your trust. Tunisia, revolution and legitimacy triumph,” Ghannouchi tweeted.

Earlier Thursday, the Tunisian parliament began a secret vote on Ghannouchi, the head of the party with the largest majority.

Tunisia MPs receive funds from UAE to withdraw confidence from Ghannouchi

30 July 2020; MEMO: Head of Ennahda parliamentary bloc Noureddine Al-Beheiri revealed what he referred to as “pressure exerted from inside and outside the country” with the temptation of Emirati funds to urge MPs to amend their positions and to withdraw confidence from Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi during the voting session scheduled for next Thursday.

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