Tunisia has achieved democratic miracle (Emmanuel Macron)
12/11/2019 12:57, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP special correspondent Afef Abdeljalil) - French President Emmanuel Macron commended on Tuesday the determination of African countries to take their destiny in hand by developing concrete solutions, citing Tunisia as an example, which, he said, has been able to do so with great courage when it has been a question of establishing the foundations of democracy.

Speaking at the opening of the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum, organised on November 11- 13 at the Grande Halle de la Villette with attendance of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and thirty heads of State and government, Macron welcomed the presence of Chahed who, he pointed out, with great force alongside late President Beji Caied Essebsi had to lead the country’s destiny after "this democratic miracle."

Macron indicated that Africa, which has long been the subject of multilateralism, is now becoming a key player in this region, specifying however that the Continent is facing political, security and military challenges.

“We should within this new international order, bring within the framework of the United Nations, new solutions to better support Africa’s efforts in the fields of security, education, health, environment and economy that are the four solutions to lasting peace, he said.

Taking the floor, European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen asserted that she will endeavour to ensure that the EC will dedicate another 30% of its budget to external actions to support its international partners in their fight against corruption, poverty, respect for the people’s dignity, migration, conflict resolution and taking up climate and digital challenges to guarantee peace and prosperity.

She pointed out that the EU will always be a trustworthy partner committed to the values ​​of prosperity.

She also said that the Peace Forum is an opportunity to develop new ideas so that the EU can help its partners face their challenges.

"Together we can meet the challenges but no party can act alone and deal with these many issues," she specified.

Before taking part in a panel on the theme: “Beyond Poverty: SDGS Fof All – Including the Bottom Millions,” Chahed will meet with forum chairman Pascal Lamy.

He will then attend a get-together meeting between Heads of State and Government, before taking part in a high-level panel on youth perspectives on multilateralism at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Before returning to Tunisia, he will travel to Rome to deliver a written message from President Kais Saied to his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella on fostering bilateral relations.

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