Tunisia

Key Highlights of Bilateral Relationship between India and Tunisia (Updated on October 2014)

India has traditionally maintained cordial and friendly relations with Tunisia since establishment of diplomatic relations in 1958. 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 expressed admiration for India’s democracy and its leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Nehru; the state that India’s freedom struggle has served as an inspiration for Tunisia.
Under the two regimes of Bourguiba and Ben Ali, the two countries also shared a respect for secularism, and moderation was a hallmark of Tunisian foreign policy. Bilateral relations continued on an even keel. In the early 2000s, progress was made in bilateral cooperation in phosphates with the establishment in 2006 of the joint venture in this sector. In international fora including UN, cooperation between Indian and Tunisia was very good – the countries supported each other’s candidatures to these bodies and had similar positions.

Indian Diaspora in Tunisia: 
·         Non Residents Indians (NRI):  107 (February 2010)
·         Overseas Citizen of India (OCI): 5 (February 2010)
·         Total Indian Community: 112 (February 2010)
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India’s trade with Tunisia:
·         Export (US$ Million): 113.84 (April-August 2014)
·         Import (US$ Million): 105.46 (April-August 2014)
·         Total (US$ Million): 219.3 (April-August 2014)
·         Trade Balance (US$ Million): 8.38 (April-August 2014)

Important Bilateral Treaties and Agreements include 
  • MOU ON CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND TUNISIA (December 08, 2000)
  • AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND TUNISIA ON COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF TOURISM (December 08, 2000)
  • MOU BETWEEN INDIA AND TUNISIA FOR COOPERATION IN AGRICULTURE (April 05, 2000)
  • EXTRADITION TREATY BETWEEN INDIA AND TUNISIA (April 04, 2000)
  • INDIAN-TUNISIAN JOINT DECLARATION ON COOPERATION IN COMBATING TERRORISM, DRUG-TRAFFICKING AND ORGANISED CRIME (October 17, 1995)
  • AGREEMENT ON SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL CO-OPERATION BETWEEN INDIA AND TUNISIA (January 17, 1995)
  • AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND TUNISIA ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION (September 20, 1994)

Related links 

 
An 8-member cultural group, Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel project gave a public performance at the prestigious Municipal Theater of Tunis on Tuesday, 30 September 2014. The performance was jointly inaugurated by His Excellency, Mr. Mourad Sakli, Minister for Culture of Republic of Tunisia and Her Excellency, Mrs. Nagma M. Mallick, Ambassador of India to Tunisia.

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