Joint visit by Laurent Fabius and his German counterpart to Moldova, Georgia and Tunisia (April 23 to 25, 2014)
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, conducted a visit to, Chisinau, Tbilisi and Tunis from April 23 to 25. This first joint visit reflected our shared determination to strengthen our cooperation in order to ensure that the European neighborhood is a region of stability, prosperity and security. In these three countries, the two ministers held political discussions with the authorities as well as with representatives of the main parties.
The visit to Moldova and Georgia marked our support for the signing, by June at the latest, of association agreements between the EU and these two countries, initialed at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius on November 29.
Laurent Fabius and his German counterpart then visited Tunis from April 24 to 25 in order to welcome the historic step taken by Tunisia through the adoption of the constitution, to encourage the Tunisians to persevere with dialogue and compromise until free and transparent elections can be held and to reaffirm European support. They notably visited the construction site of the rapid rail network for greater Tunis; 60% of the funding for this project is being provided by a group of European donors, primarily the French Development Agency and its German equivalent, the KfW.