World Bulletin/News Desk
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki will pay a two-day visit to Turkey on Tuesday to have talks with senior Turkish officials.
Marzouki, who is visiting Turkey upon the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gül, is scheduled to address the Turkish Parliament on Wednesday.
Marzouki will be accompanied by a great delegation of ministers and businessmen. According to the Turkish Presidency Press Office, Marzouki's trip to Turkey comes as a return visit to Gül's stay in Tunisia in March 2012.
The visit is considered a significant one as it will be the first visit on a presidential level from Tunisia to Turkey since the revolution ended on Jan. 14, 2011. The revolution created a domino effect in other Arab nations.
The visit will also strengthen ties between Turkey and Tunisia based on a strategic partnership agreement signed in December. Sources from the Turkish Presidency have stated that the international community has been closely monitoring the democratization and restructuring efforts of Tunisia in the two-and-a-half years since the revolution.
“The Turkish president's visit to Tunisia after the revolution was the first official visit by a foreign leader to Tunisia. The visit, which opened a new page in relations, also strengthened the brotherly ties and friendship between the two nations. The Turkish president also became the first leader to address the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly,” said the statement from the press office of the Turkish Presidency.
Marzouki is also scheduled to attend the Turkey-Tunisia Business Forum on Tuesday and visit the Middle East Technical University's (ODTÜ) Teknokent, deliver speeches at the University of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and the Ankara-based International Strategic Research Organization (USAK) and then proceed to İstanbul for further talks.Last Mod: 28 Mayıs 2013, 11:19