Tunisia/France Relations Deepens as France Set to Release €350million Loan

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Tunisian President Kais Saied who wears a protective mask at the Elysee Palace.

French President, Emmanuel Macron announced earlier this week  in Paris that France will release 350 million euros in loans to Tunisia to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.

After a meeting with his Tunisia counterpart, President Kais Saied at the Elysée Palace, President Macron said “France continues to provide all its support to Tunisia, especially in the health sector through the training of health workers, the modernization of  infrastructures such as the construction of hospitals in Gafsa and Sidi Bouzid and  the revival of economic activity,” he added to the press, after a meeting with President Kais Saied at the Elysée Palace.

According to the French President, this loan is part of the commitments made by France to Tunisia to the tune of 1.7 billion euros until 2022 to act in the health sector and youth employment.

For his part, President Kais Saied, who is making his second official trip abroad, after Algeria, since his election in October, commended the “excellent” level reached by bilateral cooperation, calling for the identification of new concepts and  mechanisms to further boost partnership relations.

“It is now time to heal the wounds of the past and reflect on the future,” the Head of State said, calling, in this context, to open new horizons of cooperation.

President Saied also welcomed the support provided  by France to Tunisia in several areas, announcing the idea of the forthcoming establishment of a railway to link the north of Tunisia to the south, without giving further details.

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