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Message of H.E Mr. Adel Elarbi

Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to Pakistan,

 on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the revolution in Tunisia

 

The commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the Tunisian revolution of January 14, 2011 provides an opportunity to reflect on the impressive achievements made over the past years as well as on the obstacles that remain to realizing and consolidating the goals of the revolution mainly in terms of laying the ground for the Second Republic that can respond the aspirations of Tunisians for a better future for Tunisia on the domestic, regional and international levels and to fulfill the objectives of the revolution in terms of eradicating poverty, reducing unemployment and narrowing down regional disparities. 

   After successful parliamentary and presidential elections, Tunisia has in fact reached Samuel Huntington’s “two turnover test,” as Huntington believes that “the change of power should occur twice to ensure all parties adhere to the democratic rules”.

It is true that transition to democracy in Tunisia has turned out to be more complicated than what was expected before, but Tunisia is not an exception, as we have learned from history that democratic transitions are always difficult. Tunisia witnessed a bumpy transitional period from an authoritarian to a democratic state where dialogue and consensus, rather than domination and exclusion, was the watchword of the Tunisian transition. Therefore, the first democratically elected government took office with a unique experience of coalition of three political parties to rule the country. This government was forced to resign in favor of a "technocratic" interim government. On January 26, 2014, amid political tension, social unrest and economic turmoil, Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly ratified a new progressive constitution which was hailed as a model in the region by foreign leaders and international bodies, for instance UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon hailed the Tunisian new constitution as a "historic milestone" adding that "Tunisia's example can be a model to other peoples seeking reforms".

Tunisia has as well successfully institutionalized its revolution through what have been hailed as the first ever free, transparent and pluralistic parliamentarian and presidential elections in the history of the country, with broad participation and strong support from the international community. The election of a new president as well as the appointment of a new Head of Government is a positive step forward, which will be followed quickly by further steps to name a team of competent cabinet that would spare no effort to respond to the aspirations of the Tunisian people towards democracy, freedom and decent life.

 As far as foreign policy is concerned, Tunisia is keen to champion the values of tolerance, solidarity in its own region and throughout the world and to consolidate its relations with brotherly and friendly countries, chief of them the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Indeed, Tunisia and Pakistan enjoy long-standing political, economic, social and cultural relations based on mutual respect and solidarity. The exchange of senior officials testifies to the true willingness of both countries to find new avenues of cooperation in order to upgrade their bilateral relations to the highest level of strategic partnership.

In my capacity as the new Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of Tunisia to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, I would like to take this opportunity to convey a message of solidarity from Tunisia to our brotherly Pakistani people, a message of hope and confidence in a brilliant and prosperous future. We share a common will, a common vision and an unwavering commitment to get our brotherly countries much more closer as well as to find new horizons to further strengthen the prevailing relations between the two countries in all areas for the mutual benefit of our brotherly peoples. In this connection, Tunisia is in talks with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to conclude a preferential trade arrangement in order to take the bilateral relations between them to the highest levels of cooperation and partnership.

I would also like to invite Pakistani investors to take full advantage of the numerous advantages that Tunisia offers for totally exporting companies in terms of a free and clear investment-friendly legislation, a skilled labor force with a surprising aptitude to rapidly master new technologies, a real legal protection for foreign investors as well as a continuously improving functional infrastructure.

God bless Tunisia

God bless Pakistan

Long live the Tunisian Pakistani brotherhood

 

                                 

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