Tunisian president hails 'ideal' Turkey relations

By Hassan Mekki, Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has hailed his country's

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has hailed his country's "ideal" relations with Turkey, describing Ankara as a "real friend."

TUNIS – Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has hailed his country's "ideal" relations with Turkey, describing Ankara as a "real friend."

"Turkey has been a true friend in critical times," Marzouki told Anadolu Agency in an interview to be published in full on Wednesday.

He said that Ankara has offered $500 million in aid to Tunisia and contributed to several projects in the North African country.

"Tunisia has signed more than 74 partnership agreements with Turkey and that both countries share identical views on almost all issues," Marzouki added.

He recalled how Turkey reacted positively when he requested military equipment to help the Tunisian army hunt down militants hiding in Jebel Chambi, which overlooks the western city of Kasserine.

President Marzouki said the recent electoral victory of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party despite smear media campaigns proves that those who serve their people should fear nothing.

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