Addis Ababa August 25/2013 Special Envoy of the African Union Commission, Former President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde, concluded last Thursday his four-day visit to Tunisia as part of asolidarity and consultation mission, AU said.
A press statement AU sent to ENA said that President Pires has held extensive consultations with the highest Tunisian authorities and other political and social stakeholders.
The discussions were focused on the political situation, efforts being undertaken to end the transition, and the security challenges facing Tunisia as well as regional issues.
The Special Envoy has met with the Acting President Moncef Marzouki and the Prime Minister, Ali Larayedh.
The Special Envoy reiterated the AU’s full solidarity with Tunisia and its people following the assassinations of political figures and terrorist attacks committed in some parts of the country by criminal elements seeking in vain to derail the transition.
He assured the Tunisian stakeholders of the AU’s continued support to the transition and its earnest desire to see the transition successfully end as soon as possible, through the finalization and adoption of the Constitution and the holding of elections.
He stressed the need for all Tunisian stakeholders to continue working in a spirit of compromise and consensus, and to place the interests of Tunisia above all other considerations.
The Special Envoy emphasized the critical importance, for the entire continent, for success of the Tunisian transition, which would allow Tunisia to further contribute to the achievement of the AU’s ideals and objectives and bring about an added momentum to democratization in Africa.