TUNIS: The 4th round of the
India-Tunisia Foreign Office Consultations was held on 30th April 2021 in a
virtual mode. The Indian delegation was led by Sanjay Bhattacharyya (Secretary
CPV&OIA) while the Tunisian delegation was led by Secretary of State Mr. Mohamed
Ali Nafti. Senior officials from both sides, including both Ambassadors
participated in the meeting.
Both sides noted the warm and friendly traditional relations, and
comprehensively reviewed the current status of bilateral relations in all
fields including political, economic, cultural, trade and consular. Detailed
discussions were held on further strengthening of the bilateral relations and
the future direction of the growth of bilateral cooperation. The Tunisian side
expressed their happiness and support for the celebration of 75 years of Indian
Independence that will be celebrated in 2021-2022. The Indian side welcomed the
decision of Tunisia to join the International Solar Alliance.
Both sides noted the importance of expanding economic and technology
engagement. They called for sustained expansion of trade volume. They noted
opportunities for investment, particularly in the fields of renewable energy,
infrastructure, transport and automobiles, textiles, agriculture, drugs &
pharmaceuticals, healthcare, ICT, SMEs and energy. They urged business
community to engage closely for mutual benefit.
Both sides discussed measures to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and
noted with appreciation the cooperation on COVID-19 related issues.
As members of UNSC, they also exchanged views on regional and international
issues of mutual interest underscoring the commonality of views between the two
sides on global issues.
Both sides agreed on the importance of continuing the upward momentum in the
relationship through exchange of regular visits and consultations, and agreed
to hold the next Joint Commission meeting at Ministerial level in New Delhi at
a mutually convenient date.