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Nobel Peace Prize 2015 – Statement by Laurent Fabius (October 9, 2015)

I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the four organizations that have just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 for conducting national dialogue in Tunisia - the Tunisian General Labor Union (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail - UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat - UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League (La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme - LTDH), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie). Beyond that, my thoughts are with all Tunisians.

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Political relations

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki paid an official visit to France on 17-19 July 2012, during which he addressed the National Assembly. From his discussions with President Hollande and Prime Minister Ayrault, which covered a wide range of issues, there emerged a shared desire for deeper bilateral relations and for France to extend its support to Tunisia and the Tunisian people through this time of transition, and to forge a partnership of equals with Tunisia, which recognises in France a "natural gateway to Europe".

The Tunisian President’s visit followed only shortly after that of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali on 28 June 2012, the first visit to France by a Tunisian leader since the elections of 23 October 2011. The two visits were highly symbolic for both countries, demonstrating a return to relations of trust.

Updated on 18.12.12.



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