Two memoranda of understanding between Tunisia and Turkmenistan in political and diplomatic fields, inked
08/02/2019 14:23, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Two memoranda of understanding were signed on Friday between Tunisia and Turkmenistan in the political and diplomatic fields, by Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and his counterpart Rachid Meredov.

The first memorandum concerns consultations at the level of the two countries’ foreign affairs ministries and the second on co-operation between the Diplomatic Institute for Training and Studies (IDFE) and the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

At the end of the meeting, Meredov affirmed his country's willingness to intensify bilateral consultations to boost co-operation, saying that it is essential to conclude as soon as possible more agreements on trade, economy, scientific research, tourism and education.

He voiced satisfaction at the excellent level reached in the recent years by the diplomatic relations between the two countries within the framework of the United Nations, commending Tunisia's support to the initiatives of the Republic of Turkmenistan within the same framework.

"Tunisia is one of the first countries to recognise the independence of the Republic of Turkmenistan," he specified.

For his part, Jhinoaui indicated that the visit of the head of diplomacy of Turkmenistan to Tunisia is historic for more than one reason; as "it helped establish relations between the two sisterly countries and identify co-operation opportunities in trade, investment, energy and tourism fields."

"Turkmenistan has tremendous potential, particularly in the cultural and economic fields," he underlined.

He reaffirmed in this regard, Tunisia's willingness to continue bilateral consultations in order to reinforce the legal framework and conclude in the near future an exchange program between the two countries.

Two important agreements will be concluded, assured the minister; "the first agreement is to avoid double taxation and a second to protect and develop investments between the two countries," he specified.

Jhinaoui also said that he had reached an agreement with his Meredov to step up co-operation and consultations within the framework of the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), as Tunisia prepares to become member of the Security Council.

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