Tunisia President visits Egypt for talks on regional issues
CAIRO - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi arrived in Cairo on Sunday for talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
The two-day visit is the first by Essebsi to Egypt since he came to office in Tunisia late last year.
Essebsi was invited by his Egyptian counterpart Al-Sisi to visit Egypt during former PM Ibrahim Mahlab's visit to Tunis earlier this month.
President Essebsi’s diplomatic adviser, Khamis al-Gihinawy, told Tunisian newspaper Alchorouk that the two leaders discussed a range of regional issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as well as the civil wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya.
Gihinawy said that the Tunisian President would be the guest of honour during Egypt’s celebrations commemorating the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Tunisia was the birthplace of Arab Spring revolutions that swept the Middle East and North Africa in 2011.
Several strongmen were ousted by the revolts, including Tunisia’s Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.
Egyptian-Tunisian relations deteriorated after the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt in July 2013 when the former Tunisian Islamist president Monucif El-Marzouki announced his support for Morsi.