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Tunisia: Nation Takes Part in Preparatory Ministerial Meeting of OIC Summit

23 August 2012

Tunis — Tunisia took part on Sunday, in the preparatory ministerial meeting of the Extraordinary Summit of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), to be held on August 14-15 in Mecca, with attendance of President Moncef Marzouki.

A Tunisian delegation led by Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem, took part on Sunday, in the consultation meeting attended by the foreign ministers of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Djibouti, Turkey, Senegal and Iraq.

The co-ordination meeting discussed items on the agenda of the Summit.

Besides, Tunisia participated last Saturday, in the experts' meeting which looked at such issues as Islamic solidarity, the Palestinian cause, the situation in Syria, in the north of Mali and that of the Muslim minority in Rohingyas (Burma).

The meeting also examined the draft final declaration of the Summit, several draft decisions and the Mecca Pact to be adopted by the Summit.

On the sidelines of these works, the foreign minister had talks with Kuwaiti, Moroccan, Turkish and Egyptian opposite numbers about the Summit's agenda and bilateral relations.

Mr. Abdessalem also met in Jeddah with OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu with whom he reviewed bilateral co-operation and Tunisia's active role in the joint Islamic action, citing Tunisia's adoption shortly of a protocol of trade exchange and a certificate of origin between Muslim countries.

The two sides also examined the project of creating an Islamic civil aviation council in Tunisia.

OIC Secretary-General took interest in Tunisia's position regarding the crisis in Syria and spoke about OCI's project of opening representations abroad.

In another connection, Mr. Abdessalem conferred with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Chairman Ahmed Mohamed Ali.

The meeting turned on the bank's contribution to funding priority economic and social projects in Tunisia and on the visit to be paid by IDB Chairman next September 17 to Tunisia.

The visit will include the signing of a loan agreement to fund the Sousse power station, a convention on funding projects through the Tunisian Solidarity Bank to employ youths in priority interior regions, an agreement to finance a comprehensive development project in Kairouan and small- and medium-sized projects for the benefit of youths and university graduates.

IDB Chairman asserted his institution's support to the Islamic financial system in Tunisia, pointing out that the Bank's extraordinary summit will decide about raising the bank's capital to be in service of the Muslim countries' economies.

For his part, Mr. Abdessalem pointed out that efforts are exerted to create in Tunisia a regional financial centre for the Maghreb and Euro-Mediterranean region.