Merkel says understands Tunisia's rejection of last minute invitation to attend Berlin conference
22/01/2020 20:04, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- President Kais Saied, on Wednesday evening, received a phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel said she understood Tunisia’s position on turning down Germany’s last-minute invitation to take part in the Berlin Conference on Libya, stressing that the country will be invited to the next foreign minister's meeting and to any event on Libya.

The German Chancellor said she regrets sending Tunisia “a last minute” invitation, according to a statement from the Presidency.

Tunisia had rejected Merkel’s invitation to attend the Berlin Conference on Libya.

In the phone conversation, Saied stressed that Tunisia should have been among the first countries to receive an invitation for the Berlin Conference. Tunisia is the most affected country by Libya’s security and economic situation, he added.

The Head of State commended the “solid” relations between the two countries. He reminded of Tunisia’s position in 1966 when it refused to cut diplomatic ties with the German Federal Republic following a resolution issued by the Arab League to break off relations with Bonn.

Saied reiterated the joint commitment to preserve the "long-standing" relations and work together to boost bilateral partnership.

The German Chancellor re-invited the Head of State to visit Germany as soon as possible. Her invitation was welcomed by the President who also invited her to visit Tunisia, added the statement.

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