Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

A memorandum of understanding on Tunisia’s adherence to the “Silk Road Economic Belt” initiative and “the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” will be inked next week in Beijing.

The inking will take place on the fringes of Tunisia’s participation in the 8th China-Arab Cooperation Forum on July 10, with attendance of China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Arab Foreign Ministers and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abu el Gueit.

Tunisia will be represented by Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui.

According to a Foreign Ministry press release, the ministerial meeting of the forum will be preceded on Monday by a meeting of senior Arab and Chinese officials and the 4th meeting of China-Arab Political and Strategic Dialogue aimed at deepening dialogue and co-ordination on political issues of mutual interest and the latest developments in the region and in the world.

The China-Arab Cooperation Forum will examine the consolidation of cooperation relations between Arab countries and China in the various economic and trade fields as well as the strategic partnership on energy, renewable energy, infrastructure, modern technologies, health, tourism and women and youth promotion.

Khemais Jhinaoui will have on the sidelines of the meeting, a working session with his Chinese counterpart focusing on ways to boost bilateral cooperation relations in various fields.

The MoU will be signed during the working session.

According to Xinhua, the China-Arab Forum was established in 2004 to serve as a platform for exchanging views between China and Arab countries and aims to boost cooperation in politics, economy, trade, culture, technology and international affairs, while advancing peace and development.