Jhinaoui partakes in Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
19/07/2019 12:43, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Foreign Affairs Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui took part on Thursday in works of the Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, organised by the United States Department of State.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo chaired the opening session of this conference in the presence of several representatives of regional and international organisations and the civil society.

Taking the floor on the occasion, Jhinaoui laid emphasis on the efforts exerted in Tunisia to ensure the freedom of belief and worship, pointing out in this regard, that the respect of religious freedom is a key condition to preserve peace and stability in the world.

The minister reiterated Tunisia’s commitment to the values of tolerance and peaceful co-existence between the religions and the implementation of the principle of the respect of religious freedoms, consecrated by the 2014 Constitution in Article 6, which stipulates that “the State is the guardian of religion. It guarantees the freedom of conscience and workhip."

The FM added in this connection, that Tunisia has deep-rooted traditions in this field and that it endeavours to protect the places of worship and the religious minorities and to guarantee their right to practice their religion.

“Tunisia manages each year to ensure the safety of thousands of Jewish visitors as part of the Ghriba pilgrimage in Djerba, a symbol of peaceful coexistence in the country,” he indicated.

Jhinaoui paid a working visit to the United States on the occasion of the 3rd U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue.

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