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Larijani in Tunisia to Discuss Bilateral Ties, Attend Constitution Celebration Event

Politics - Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani departed for Tunisia to discuss mutual cooperation with the African country’s senior officials and also take part in a ceremony to celebrate the adoption of the first post-revolution constitution there.

On Thursday, the Iranian parliament speaker left Tehran for the Tunisian capital, Tunis, at the head of a legislative delegation upon the invitation of his Tunisian counterpart Mustapha Ben Jafar.

Ahead of his trip, Larijani said Tunisia is among the “pioneering countries in regional revolutions,” adding that the African state has made great efforts to draft a new constitution and form a democratic government.

The Iranian lawmaker underlined that Tehran has voiced support for the Tunisian revolution.

The revolution in Tunisia led to the ouster of the country’s Western-backed dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011.

Larijani added that Iran and Tunisia enjoy a good level of political relations, expressing hope that his trip to the African country would pave the way for the enhancement of Tehran-Tunis trade ties.

On January 16, Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly approved the country’s new constitution with an overwhelming majority. Ben Jafar said the new constitution was the Tunisian nation’s “dream.”

On January 28, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif praised Tunisia’s adoption of a constitution in a meeting with the country’s new Ambassador to Tehran Ghazi Ben Saleh. He wished success for the new Tunisian government and voiced Tehran’s readiness to develop ties with Tunis.
 

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