King Mohammed starts three-day visit to Tunisia
Tunisia-Morocco, Politics, 5/24/2000
King Mohammed VI starts today a three-day state visit to Tunisia at the invitation of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a bid to further strengthen brotherly ties between the two states.
The visit confirms ever-improving cooperation relations especially after the king's visit to Tunis on December 18 of last year and the official visit president Ben Ali paid to Morocco mid-March of 1999.
This trend translated into wider efforts to achieve complementarity through action by the joint commission, sectoral committees and exchange of official-visits catering for every field.
Talks at the highest level this week will help carry on consultation and adopt concrete measures to see to a more diversified cooperation with more pace and better follow-up. Talks will also deal with Maghreban, regional and international issues to pave the way for coordinated stands in different world fora.
The two states, boasting a mere $ 100 million exchanges in 1999, have set up several mechanisms to enhance and follow-up trade relations with a target of 200 million dinars a year and a free-trade zone by the year 2007 as a major step towards complementarity and integration.
The Tunisian news agency TAP said the two heads of state would probe means to rekindle the Maghreban process and blow new life in its bodies.
Morocco and Tunisia are both member of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) that also groups Algeria, Libya and Mauritania.
Rapports between the two states and the European Union bound by association agreements, the Euro-Med dialogue, the Middle East peace-process and developments in Africa are also on the agenda.
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