Tunisia will host the 34th session of the Council of the Arab Maghreb Union’s foreign ministers on Thursday, May 5.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which released a statement today on the ministerial: “This meeting demonstrates the commitment of Tunisia to the Maghreb unity as a strategic choice.” and to “reactivating” the Arab Maghreb Union, an institution which gas endured long periods of inactivity since its founding through the Treaty of Marrakech in 1989.
A decision on the next Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union could be taken. Tunisia nominated foreign minister Khemaies Jhinaoui’s predecessor Taieb Baccouche to the post early this year. According to news website Leaders.com there Baccouche’s approval seems likely and “barring a last minute surprise.”
If his nomination is successful Bachouche would replace Habib Ben Yahia, himself a former Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs and current Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union, a post Ben Yahia has occupied since 2006.
During the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations General Assembly headquarters in New York, last month Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui met with the foreign ministers of Algeria and Morocco, ahead of this week’s meeting.
The 6th session of the Council of Interior Ministers of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), was held in Tunis on Monday, April 25, and according to statements from the participants it was devoted to the security situation in the Maghreb including ‘the resurgence of terrorist threats’, organized crime, migration, and the trafficking illegal weapons and narcotics.