In their fourth ministerial meeting, the Arab League and European Union (EU) countries condemned the recent atrocities of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his allies, according to a joint statement issued by ministers of both sides. The meeting that is currently held in Egypt, with Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui representing the Arab countries and EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini representing the EU countries, also condemned the usage of chemical weapons by all factions in Syria and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation. They also committed to reconstructing Syria once an inclusive political transition is underway.
Moscow has blasted as “outrageous twisting of the facts” a statement by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who said the EU was the only party providing aid to Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry also officially responded to Mogherini’s statement and said that Russia, “unlike other international players, is actively supplying thousands of tons of humanitarian aid to various regions in Syria, including the liberated areas in eastern Aleppo, at the risk of Russian military lives.” Mogherini’s words aren’t the first aimed against the Russian humanitarian effort in Syria: last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said that the Syrian regime and their influencers are preventing aid from reaching Aleppo. In response, Russian Defence Ministry’s spokesperson, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said that the UK government has lost an objective view of what is happening in Syria, including Aleppo, due to Russophobia, adding that the UK has not sent a single gram of flour, any medicine or blankets to help civilians in Aleppo during the whole Syrian conflict.
The relations of co-operation between Tunisia and the European Union (EU) have witnessed a fresh momentum over the past two years mainly at the political level: the publication on September 26, 2016, by the EU of a joint communication between the European Commission and the EU High Representative to “strengthen EU’s support to Tunisia”. A communication that represents a strong signal from the EU Institution to Tunisia, and that was reinforced by the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) conclusions of October 17.2016. The support provided by the European Parliament to Tunisia as well as the adoption on September 14, 2016 of a Resolution on “the Union’s relations with Tunisia in the current regional state” illustrating the willingness of the EU Institution to further support Tunisia in its democratic consolidation process and of the overall reforms and proposing initiatives in this sense to the European executive. Increasing parliamentary exchanges through the visit in Tunis by the President of the European Parliament in February 2016 and the establishment of the joint parliamentary commission between Tunisia and the European Parliament. The visit of EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in Tunis (November 1, 2016) and the participation of the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy in the international investment conference on November 29-30 in Tunis. The celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first co-operation agreement established between the two countries.