Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba arrived in Paris on Wednesday (28 June) for his first official visit to France since Tunisian independence in 1956.
Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba arrived in Paris on Wednesday (28 June) for his first official visit to France since Tunisian independence in 1956. French President Georges Pompidou, who was at the airport to greet the Tunisian leader, rode back into the capital to the Elysee Palace with President Bourguiba.
President Bourguiba will be in the French capital for three days and will discuss the future of the Mediterranean area with French leaders. The Tunisian head of state, who spent eight years in French prisons during his country's fight for independence, said his visit was of great importance to Tunisia.
He said he hoped that during his talks with French leaders, they would not only discuss how to intensify cooperation in all fields between the two countries, but also exchange views on how to make the Mediterranean a "lake of peace".
In an interview with a French newspaper on Tuesday (27 June), President Bourouiba called for a pact between the Mediterranean counties to prevent the risk of a conflict between the United Stats and Russia from disturbing the peace of the area. But at the same time, he said the only hope for a solution to the Middle East conflict lay in an agreement between the two super-powers.