Speaking on the fringes of the nuclear negotiations with Iran in Vienna, Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement on 24 November on last Sunday’s presidential elections in Tunisia:
I welcome the fact that the Tunisian people are continuing with such courage along the path towards democratic transformation. After holding parliamentary elections and democratically drawing up a new constitution, Tunisia is now completing a crucial phase of this transition process by electing a new president.
Germany has supported Tunisia on this path since the outset and we will continue to be a reliable partner for the steps to come.
Tunisia is a sign of hope for many in the region that democracy, pluralism and the peaceful coexistence of competing political movements in the Arab world are possible.