Tunisia welcomes the unexpected arrival of a distinguished visitor.
Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Parliament, spoke of how he would soon be visiting Tunisia not to mention Egypt. The express purpose of the visit was to confirm the European Community’s full support of the wave of democratization that was sweeping the region of North Africa and much of the Middle East. Strategic coalitions for the short term and long term were to be discussed as well.
Mr Buzek spoke of how he was “in favor of establishing a new kind of partnership with Southern Mediterranean neighbors.” An eye was also to be kept on the rapidly developing situation in Libya. “What our friends in North Africa need today is not only financial assistance but also expertise and technical assistance in the long term” he said.
The European Investment Bank, the economic bulwark of the European Union, has already lent Tunisia 600 million Euros. More aid will only be possible if democracy flourishes in the country.