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Tunisia FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Are Inspired by Bourguiba in Defending Arab Causes

Tunisia FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Are Inspired by Bourguiba in Defending Arab Causes

Wednesday, 10 April, 2019 - 08:45
Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui. (Getty Images)
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Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said that his meeting with a number of ambassadors of the Arab Group in the United Nations is part of “the framework of the Tunisian campaign for a non-permanent seat in the Security Council for 2020-21.

The official was scheduled to meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, members of the Security Council and regional groups, such as Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, among others, to rally the widest possible support for Tunisia’s membership of the Council.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that Tunis will derive inspiration from late President Habib Bourguiba’s philosophy in championing Arab causes at the Council.

On Tunisia’s priorities during its presence in the Security Council, Jhinaoui emphasized the need “to push for preventive diplomacy in order to reduce the conflicts in the world.”

“Secondly, we should intensify cooperation with regional organizations such as the African Union, the Arab League and the international community, such as the UN, to encourage a peaceful settlement to the current crises,” he told.

As for the third priority, the minister said his country would present its pioneering experience in promoting the role of women and the youth in maintaining peace and security in the world.

“This is one of the major priorities that Tunisia will seek to tackle, in coordination with the Arab Group and the African Group, of course,” he added.

Jhinaoui emphasized that Tunisia would restore Bourguiba’s policies to achieve these goals.

On the Arab arena, he stressed Tunisia’s commitment to put the Palestinian file “at the forefront of our concerns, not only as Arabs, but also within the international community.”

“Palestine is a central issue in the Middle East, and we cannot resolve other emergency issues, before we address the question of Palestine,” he stated.

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