International Affairs



It gives me great pleasure to accept your Credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia. I heartily welcome you to India and extend my sincere congratulations on your appointment to this position of high status and responsibility.

Both India and Tunisia share age old relationship. Our people are no strangers to each other. Names of the cities of Carthage and Kairouan, and great thinkers like St. Augustine and Abdur Rehman Ibn Khaldoun are known to the entire world and certainly to the people of India. They have made a lasting contribution to the intellectual heritage of the world.

It is a tribute to the wisdom, vision and farsightedness of the leadership and people that in modern Tunisia various strands of culture and religion have come together to form a strong and beautiful canvas. Tolerance is the basic tenet of both of our societies, and both of us believe in combining tradition with modernity, change with continuity and zealously safeguarding citizen’s Human Rights.

The emphasis placed by Tunisia on education has enabled it to create a huge reservoir of skilled and trained manpower. This, coupled with the policy of moderation, has helped Tunisia to achieve stability and prosperity. It is no secret that Tunisia is one of the most stable and well-managed economies of the region, a fact which is greatly admired in India. Tunisia continues to move towards social, political and economic stability and growth.

The economies of India and Tunisia have certain comparative advantages and resources which can be optimally utilised to promote and diversify economic cooperation between the two countries. We feel that considerable scope exists for meaningful cooperation in areas like fertilizers, information technology, bio-technology, drugs and pharmaceuticals, etc.

Excellency, the unprecedented terrorist attacks on the United States of 11 September have focussed the international attention to the menace of terrorism as never before. India’s response to these attacks was predicated both by the pain of its own experience with persistent cross-border terrorism and our strong commitment to mobilise international efforts in combating this scourge of modern society. We are aware that the war against terrorism will be a lengthy campaign and it must target the entire global network. As terrorism feeds on its own successes, our collective resolve and clarity of purpose in fighting terrorism must remain undiministed, regardless of where terrorism strikes and who it chooses as its target.

India has consistently sought to play a catalytic role in encouraging the UN to prioritise the need for international cooperation to combat terrorism. We see the recent Security Council Resolution 1373 as a signal of the determination by the international community to combat terrorism, whenever and wherever it occurs and we are committed to implement it whole-heartedly.

Excellency, India’s strong defence of Arab rights continues to remain the basic tenet of its foreign policy. We consider the Arab world as an extension of our neighbourhood and, therefore, we are interested in peace and stability in the region. In our view, Palestinian issue is at the core of Arab-Israel conflict. A just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region can only be established on the basis of relevant UN Resolutions and the principle of ‘Land for Peace’. We believe that there is no alternative to peace.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive stay in India and assure you the fullest cooperation of my government in your endeavour to further promote Indo-Tunisian friendship. I would also like to take this opportunity to convey my best wishes to H.E. Mr. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. I hope that he will be able to visit us in not too distant future. I am confident that his State Visit to India will be an important landmark in our bilateral ties and will impart further depth and momentum to our cooperation.

Thank you

Jai Hind