Modi congratulates new Tunisian President, seeks to boost ties

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New Delhi (NVI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Kais Saied for being sworn in as the President of the Republic of Tunisia and said he looked forward to further strengthen India-Tunisia relations.

Taking to Twitter, Modi wrote “Congratulations to President Kais Saied on being sworn-in as the President of the Republic of Tunisia. I look forward to working with him to further strengthen India-Tunisia relations.”

The 61-year-old Saied, an independent candidate and retired law professor, has managed to a landslide victory in the presidential elections in Tunisia against the closest opponent Nabil Karoui. Saied succeeds former President Beji Caid Essebsi who died in harness in July.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1958, India has conventionally maintained cordial and friendly relations with Tunisia. The first resident Indian Mission at the level of Cd’A was established in Tunisia in 1963 and raised to the Ambassador level in 1976.

The Tunisian Embassy in New Delhi was set up in 1981. Tunisian leaders have traditionally expressed admiration for India’s democracy and its leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi saying that India’s freedom struggle has served as an inspiration for Tunisia.

–PS