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Tunisia Requests Japan's Aid

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Tunisia's interim Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has requested Japan to participate in an international conference he is organizing in late March in Carthage, Japanese media reported.

Ghannouchi conveyed the request when he met with Japanese Ambassador to Tunisia Toshiyuki Taga on Saturday, and the ambassador said Japan will positively consider it, according to the Japanese Embassy in Tunis.

Kyodo News quoted Taga as saying that Japan is ready to move forward with the implementation of a yen-loan-financed road construction project which Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara promised when he visited Tunis in December to attend the Japan-Arab Economic Forum.

Taga added that Japan can support job training programs in Tunisia's inland areas where business and job opportunities are scarce.

Ghannouchi, who took the helm of the Tunisian interim government, has said that the country's political upheavals cost it an estimated $5 billion to $8 billion. It is hoped the international aid conference will help restore the country's infrastructure and promote democracy.

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