MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
On May 13, 2016 local time, President Beji Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Habib Essid of Tunisia respectively met with visiting Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Beji Caid Essebsi expressed that the peoples of Tunisia and China are good friends. It is believed that Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit will promote Tunisia-China relations to embrace new development. It is hoped that both sides can strengthen exchanges at all levels, and discuss on expanding the scale of bilateral cooperation. He welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest in Tunisia, and play a significant role in Tunisia's infrastructure construction. Habib Essid noted that Tunisia-China relations are solid. Tunisia pays high attention to China, and hopes to share more opportunities brought by China's economic development. It is hoped that China can support and help Tunisia meet challenges in security, society and economy. He also hoped the two sides to strengthen cooperation in such fields as trade, investment, tourism and infrastructure. Wang Yi said that China and Tunisia enjoy traditional friendship, and bilateral relations have always enjoyed smooth development. China supports Tunisia to explore a development path with Tunisian characteristics that conforms to its own national conditions and gains its people's support. China-Tunisia cooperation enjoys great potential and space. China is willing to adapt to the current new situation and new changes in accordance with Tunisia's development needs, expand new areas and new approaches for China-Tunisia cooperation, and translate the traditional friendship into impetus and achievements of practical cooperation as soon as possible, so as to jointly open up new prospects of China-Tunisia relations. China is willing to encourage Chinese enterprises to actively participate in bilateral cooperation in major infrastructure projects of Tunisia, and hopes that Tunisia can provide better investment and security environments to this end. On the same day, Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui of Tunisia.