HH the Emir of Qatar announced US$ 1.25 billions to support Tunisia

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi participated in the opening session of the International Conference in support of economic, social and sustainable development in Tunisia, which was held in the Presidential Hall on Tuesday.

A number of heads of governments of states, heads of delegations, senior officials, businessmen, investors and representatives of a number of Tunisian and international companies and institutions also participated in the session. Following a speech by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, HH the Emir delivered a speech in which he announced the allocation of US$ 1.25bn as a contribution by Qatar to support Tunisia’s economy and promoting its developmental drive. HH the Emir said: “The conference is taking place with the aim to support Tunisia amid very delicate conditions and major political and economic challenges at the regional and international levels, which double the significance of convening this conference.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani addresses the opening session of the International Conference in support of economic, social and sustainable development in Tunisia, in Tunis
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani addresses the opening session of the International Conference in support of economic, social and sustainable development in Tunisia, in Tunis
”The wide international participation in this conference reflects the status and respect enjoyed by Tunisia in the region and the world, and the extent of interest in supporting it cope with the economic challenges, which could be decisive in determining the fate of this experiment. ”The success of the development programmes in Tunisia is a goal in itself to achieve a better life for the people of Tunisia. In addition, economic development leads to creating job opportunities for young people that would contribute to solving the unemployment problem and preventing negative co-related phenomena, such as despair and extremism. ”The Qatari support for Tunisia is increasing steadily and the State will continue to back Tunisia’s efforts to achieve the desired development, and we look forward to strengthening the co-operation and supporting partnership relations between the two countries in various fields for the benefits of both of them.
”This conference is a paradigm of what should be done by the international community to lend a helping hand to make the promising experiments a success, instead of lobbying for consultation in the aftermath of disasters. We remind our friends, and friends of the Tunisian people in the world, that the best and safest way to confront extremism and violence is protection, because there is no guaranteed remedy when the phenomenon becomes widespread.
”We are all aware that the war on terrorism is required, necessary, and unavoidable, but it is not a cure, as proved by trial since the emergence of this phenomena and the ensuing practices. We have people in Tunisia who decided to build their country on the basis of pluralism, human dignity and freedom, as well as on the basis of the common denominator between the political forces, ie, the interests of Tunisia, away from tyranny. Are we going to help them to make their experiment a success or to stand idly by to watch them facing difficulties alone and to come later to look into the reasons for despair and frustration and their ensuing destructive results? The countries that decided to attend, have answered this question correctly and responsibly, and we commend them for that.
”On this occasion, I am pleased to announce the allocation of $1.25bn as a contribution by the State of Qatar to support Tunisia’s economy and promoting its developmental drive.
”In conclusion, I wish this conference every success in achieving the desired objectives to empower Tunisia to make its economic transition a success following its successful peaceful political transition which has become a role model.”
Later HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi discussed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them in various fields, particularly in the fields of economy and investment. The meeting, which was held in the presidential hall, dealt with Qatar’s support to Tunisia to enhance the Tunisian economy, in addition to a number of topics on the agenda of the international conference to support the economy and investment in Tunisia. The latest developments in the region were also discussed during the meeting.
The meeting was attended by the members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir, and Tunisian ministers. The Emir also held a meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls here on Tuesday.  The meeting took place on the sidelines of the international conference in support of economic, social and sustainable development in Tunisia.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them, in addition to discussing topics on the agenda of the conference, particularly the efforts to support Tunisian economy and investment and solidarity with Tunisian people.
The meeting also discussed regional and international developments, particularly the situation in Syria, Iraq and Libya about which the two sides stressed their commitment to support the presidential council of the national reconciliation government and called on the international community to provide support to institutions which Libyan political agreement granted it international legitimacy to maintain Libya’s unity, security and stability. The Emir also discussed with the French prime minister the repercussions of the phenomenon of terrorism not only in the region but also internationally and ways of dealing with this phenomenon.
The Emir also held a separate meeting with the Prime Minister of Algeria, Abdelmalek Sellal, on the sidelines of the international conference in support of economy and investment in Tunisia. The meeting reviewed bilateral relations between Qatar and Algeria and aspects of developing them, and discussed regional and international issues of common concern. Following the meetings, HH the Emir attended a luncheon banquet hosted by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at the Carthage Palace in honour of the heads of governments and delegations participating in the international conference in support of economic, social and sustainable development in Tunisia.
The luncheon banquet was attended by the members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir and several Tunisian ministers and senior officials. Later the Emir left Tunis, heading to Algeria. He was seen off at Tunis-Carthage International Airport by Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui, Tunis Governor Omar Mansour, Tunis Mayor Seifallah Lasram, Presidential Chief of Staff Selim Azzabi, Qatar’s ambassador to Tunisia Abdullah bin Nasser al-Humaidi and members of the Qatari embassy in Tunisia. The Emir sent a cable to Tunisian president expressing his thanks and gratitude for the hospitality and generosity that he and the accompanying delegation received.
Sources: QGN, Gulf Agencies, Reuters