South Korea and Tunisia held a joint committee meeting on Monday to discuss bilateral cooperation and upgrade their relationship to “thriving and full-fledged ties.”
“We noted with satisfaction that Korea and Tunisia have fostered thriving relations in all fields, including the political, economic, development cooperation and cultural areas since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1969,” Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said in the opening of the 10th Korea-Tunisia Joint Committee. It was held after a separate meeting between Kang and her Tunisian counterpart Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, who represented their sides in the committee meeting.
“We also concurred that the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2019 should work as a milestone for further upgrading our bilateral relations,” Kang noted. “It took 10 years to make this meeting happen. I strongly hope this 10th Korea-Tunisia Joint Committee will serve to generate renewed momentum for thriving, full-fledged ties between the two countries.”
She also highlighted the political and economic qualities the two countries share, saying that “I am sure that Korea and Tunisia will be able to work as a role model of mutually beneficial cooperation, which can provide insights to the nations in our regions.”
Jhinaoui said in the talks ahead of the joint committee meeting that Tunisia could serve as a hub and platform from which South Korea could explore opportunities in the North African and European regions.
The Tunisian minister also referred to the South-North Korean summit slated for Friday. “The whole world is watching what is going on here because it’s going to have impact not only on the region, but also on the rest of the world.”
“We express solid solidarity with each other on a bilateral basis within the international frame,” he also noted.