U.S. Ambassador states country’s readiness to support Tunisia and review its file acceptance conditions by IMF

U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Joey Hood expressed at a meeting with Minister of Social Affairs Malek Zahi Tuesday, the willingness of the United States to support Tunisia and to review the conditions for acceptance of its file by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Ministry of Social Affairs said in a staement.

The US ambassador was quoted as saying the statement by President Kais Saied on this issue was clear, expressing his consideration for any vision based on the willingness to rely on the country's own resources, according to a national and self-reliant economic project that respects the international partners, according to the same statement.

Hood emphasised the strong and age-long relations between Tunisia and the United States, recalling that Tunisia is an efficient partner and enjoys a privileged place in his country, reads the statement.

Moreover, he praised the AMEN social programme, noting that Tunisia has great potential for investment in all areas and occupies a strategic position among countries allowing it to create new sources of financing to establish financial balance.

For his part, the Minister of Social Affairs stressed that Tunisia is ready to introduce comprehensive reforms, according to an approach that preserves the rights of vulnerable and limited-income groups, while respecting social justice, in accordance with the guidelines of the President of the Republic.

He pointed to the solid relations between Tunisia and the United States, based on mutual respect, reviewing the main cooperation programmes between the two countries in the social field, in particular, the investment in human capital through the social service funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Zahi spoke of the importance of coordination in the social field, as part of a joint programme, citing the various investment sectors such as agriculture, tourism, mining and renewable energy.

On another level, the Minister of Social Affairs said that his department is working to achieve a comprehensive strategy for migration in collaboration with the National Observatory of Migration and all parties involved, to address this phenomenon, according to a humanistic vision that preserves social peace in Tunisia.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse