India-Tunisia relations have been traditionally cordial and friendly. An Indian Mission at the level of a Cd’A was set up in Tunis in 1963, with the first Ambassador being posted in 1976. Tunisia opened its Mission in New Delhi in 1981.
Tunisian leaders have always praised the Indian leadership and openly acknowledge the support India extended to Tunisia in its freedom struggle. Tunisian Foreign Office publicly acknowledges that ‘moderation’ is the hallmark of Tunisia’s foreign policy. Moreover, the Government perceives fundamentalism as a major threat and is desirous of cooperating with India in controlling the spread of fundamentalism and terrorism. In October 1995, India and Tunisia issued a “Joint Declaration on Combating International Terrorism, Drug Trafficking and Organised Crime”. India and Tunisia have taken a common stand on this question in international fora.
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary
Tel: +91 1126145346/49
Counsellor /Deputy Chief of Mission
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India-Tunisia relations have been traditionally cordial and friendly. The diplomatic relations between the two countries was set up in 1958. Tunisia opened its Mission in New Delhi in 1981.
Hereafter the list of the former Ambassadors of the Republic of Tunisia in India:
|Name & surname||Period|
|H.E Mr Mohamed Elyes BEN MARZOUK||2010-2011|
|H.E Mr Raouf CHATTY||2007-2009|
|H.E Mr Elyes KASRI||2001-2006|
|H.E Dr. Sahbi BASLY||1999-2001|
|H.E Mr Abdelaziz CHAABENE||1994-1999|
|H.E Mr Hammadi BEN REJEB||1991-1994|
|H.E Mr Ali TEKAYA||1987-1991|
|H.E Mr Ahmed Ouneis||1981-1987|
Adresse du Pere Noel 2023 : Embassy of Tunisia
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|S. No.||TUNISIAN HOLIDAYS||DATE||NUM. OF DAYS|
|1||FIRST OF JAN.||01 JAN||1|
|3||THE TUNISIAN REVOLUTION DAY||14 JAN||1|
|4||THE NATIONAL DAY (INDEPENDENCE)||20 MARCH||1|
|5||MARTYRS DAY||09 APRIL||1|
|6||The LABOR DAY||01 MAY||1|
|7||THE REPUBLIC DAY||25 JULY||1|
|8||WOMEN’S DAY||13 AUG||1|
|9||EVACUATION DAY||15 OCT||1|
|10||AID EL FITR||DEPEND ON MOON||2|
|11||AID EL ADHA||DEPEND ON MOON||2|
|S. No.||INDIAN HOLIDAYS||DATE||NUM. OF DAYS|
|1||THE REPUBLIC DAY||26 JAN||1|
|2||THE HOLY||13 MARCH||1|
|3||THE INDEPENDENCE DAY||15 AUGUST||1|
|4||MAHTMA GANDHI B’DAY||02 OCT||1|
|7||CHRISTMAS DAY||25 DEC||1|
Officially Name : The Republic of Tunisia
Location: North Africa
Area : 162.155 square kilometers ,
Bordered: by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east.
Population as of July,2017: 11446,3 million.
Capital city, Tunis, located on the country’s northeast coast.
Geography: Tunisia contains the eastern end of the Atlas Mountains and the northern reaches of the Sahara desert. Much of the rest of the country’s land is fertile soil and 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) of coastline .
Tunisia has an association agreement with the European Union, the Arab Maghreb Union, the Arab League, and the African Union.
14th of January 2011, revolution of the Tunisian citizens resulted in the overthrow of the autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali followed by the country’s first free elections. Since then, Tunisia has been consolidating democracy. The country adopted a new constitution and held its first Parliamentary elections since the 2011 Arab Spring on October 26, 2014, and its Presidential on November 23, 2014.
|Mr: Youssef Chahed||President of the Government|
|Mr. Ghazi Jéribi||Minister of Justice|
|Mr. Abdelkerim Zbidi||Minister of National Defence|
|Mr. Lotfi Brahem||Minister of Interior|
|Mr Khemaies Jhinaoui||Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Mr Ahmed Adhoum||Minister of Religious Affairs|
|Mr. Ridha Chalghoum||Minister of Finance|
|Mr.Zied Laadhari||Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation|
|Mr Mabrouk Korshid||Minister of State Property and Real Estate Affairs|
|Mr Slim Feriani||Minister of Medium and Small Enterprises|
|Mr Omar Al Bahi||Minister of Trade|
|Mr Riadh El Moakhar||Minister of Local Affairs and Environment|
|Mr. Hatem Ben Salem||Minister of Education|
|Mr. Slim Khalbous||Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research|
|Mr Khaled Kaddour||Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewable Energies|
|Mr. Samir Taieb||Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fishery|
|Mohamed Salah Arfaoui||Minister of Equipment, Housing and territorial management|
|Mrs. Majdouline Cherni||Minister of Sport and Youth|
|Mrs. Naziha Laabidi||Minister of Women, Family and Children|
|Mr. Imed Hammami||Minister of Health|
|Mr. Mohamed Trabelsi||Minister of Social Affairs|
|Mr. Faouzi Abderrahmane||Minister of Vocational Training and Employment|
|Mr. Anouar Maarouf||Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy|
|Mrs. Selma Elloumi Rekik||Minister of Tourism and Handicraft|
|Mr. Mohamed Zine El Abidine||Minister of Culture|
|Mr. Radhouan Ayara||Minister of Transport|
|Mr. Mehdi Ben Gharbia.||Minister in charge of the relations with the Constitutional institutions , Civil Society and Human Rights|
|Mr. Iyed Dahmani||Minister to the Head of Government in charge of Relations with the parliament (ARP)|
|Mr. Taoufik Rajhi||Minister to the Head of Government in charge of Major Reforms|
|Mr Sabri Bachtobji||State Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Mr Hatem Char Eddine El Ferjani||State Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affaires in Charge of Economic Affairs|
|Mr Hichem Ben Hmed||State Secretary to the Minister of Trade in Charge of External trade|
|Mr Chokri Bel Hasen||State Secretary to the Minister of Local Affairs and Environment|
|Mr Khalil Laamiri||State secretary to the minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research|
|Mr Hachem Hmidi||State Secretary to the Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewable Energies|
|Mr Abdallah Errabhi||State Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fishery|
|Mr Abdelkoddous Saadaoui||State Secretary to the Minister of Sport and Youth in charge of Youth|
|Mr Imed Jabri||State Secretary to the Minister of Sport and Youth in charge of Sport|
|Mrs Sonia Bechikh||State Secretary to the Minister of Health|
|Mr Adel Jarboui||State Secretary to the minister of Social Affairs in charge of the emigration and the Tunisian abroad|
|Mrs Sayida Ounissi||Secretary of State to the Minister of Vocational Training and Employment in charge of vocational training and special initiative|
|Mrs. Sarra Rjeb||State Secretary to the Minister of Transport|
The culture of Tunisia is a product of more than three thousand years of history and an important multi-ethnic influx. Ancient Tunisia was a major civilization crossing through history; different cultures, civilizations and multiple successive dynasties contributed to the culture of the country over centuries with varying degrees of influence. Among these cultures were the Carthaginian -their native civilization, Roman, Vandal, Jewish, Christian, Arab, Islamic, Turkish, and French, in addition to native Berbers. This unique mixture of cultures made Tunisia, with its strategic geographical location in the Mediterranean, the core of some great civilizations of Mare Nostrum.
The history of Tunisia reveals this rich past where different successive Mediterranean cultures had a strong presence. After the Carthaginian Republic, the Roman Empire came and left a lasting effect on the land with various monuments and cities such the El-Jem Amphitheater and the archaeological site of the ancient city of Carthage, which is classified as a world heritage site. El Jem is just one of seven world heritage sites found in Tunisia.
After a few centuries of the presence of Christianity, represented by the Church of Africa, the Arab Islamic conquest transformed the whole country and founded a new city called Al-Qayrawan, Al-Qayrawan is a renowned center for religious and intellectual pursuits.
With the annexation of Tunisia by the Ottoman Empire, the center of power shifted from Tunis to Istanbul. This shift in power allowed the local government of the new Ottoman Province to gain more independence, which was maintained until the institution of the French Protectorate (which was later seen as occupation). The protectorate introduced elements of Western – French – culture.
The important elements of Tunisian culture are diverse and represent a unique, mixed heritage. This heritage can be experienced first-hand in: museums such as the Bardo Museum, the contrast and diversity of city architecture such as Sidi Bou Said or the medina of Tunis, cuisine such as cheeses and French croissants, music reflecting Andalusian and Ottoman influences, literature, cinema, religion, the arts, and sports and other areas of Tunisian culture.
Tunisia has traditionally maintained cordial and friendly relations with India since establishment of diplomatic relations in 1958. The Tunisian Embassy in New Delhi was set up in 1981.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.
India accounts for around 50% of Tunisia’s global phosphoric acid exports. The annual bilateral trade during 2015 was US$ 340.25 million.
Several Indian compagnies in Tunisia:
KEC International Ltd and Jyoti Structures Ltd, electric transmission lines.
Mahindra: Assembly of pickup trucks (1200 vehicles per yearwith a target to produce up to 2500 per year).
TATA Motors : Production of pick-up trucks with ‘Le Moteur’ and ‘Icar’.
Dabur has a toothpaste manufacturing project worth around US$ 7 million.
1964: H.E President Zakir Hussain (July)
1984: H.E Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India
1984: H.E M. Hidayatullah, Vice-President of India ( May)
1992: H.E Mr Narasimha Rao Prime Minister of India
1999: Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral.
2009: Mr R.Chandrashekhar, special Secretary, Ministry of IT
2012: H.E Mr E. Ahmed, MOS (EA), 11th session of the India Tunisia Joint Commission In addition (April 2012, Tunis)
2013: H.E. Mr. Kumar Jena, Sate Minister of Chemical Product & Fertilizer (mars 2013)
2013: H.E Mr Selman Khourchid, Minister for Foreign Affairs of India (May 22)
2015: H.E Mr. Anil Wadhwa Secretary (East) for Foreign affairs India (April 29th to 2 May 2015) (3rd Tunisia-India Political consultations )
H.E Mr. Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister for Textiles and Special Envoy of Prime Minister of India, (3rd India Africa Forum Summit).
1982: Mrs Wassila Bourguiba, First Lady of Tunisia ( November)
1983: H.E Mr Mohamed Mzali,Prime Minister of Tunisia
1991: H.E Mr Habib Boulares Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2000: H.E Mr Habib Ben Yahiya Ministry of Foreign Affairs (December)
2009: H.E Mrs Lamia Chefai Sghaeir, State secretary in charge of IT, internet and software
2012: H.E Mr Moncef Ben Salem, Minister of High Education and Scientific Research
2012: Mr Alaya Bettaieb State Secretary, Tunisian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (8th session of Indian Africa summit)
2015: H.E Mr Noomane Fehri, Minister for Communication Technologies and Digital Economy of Tunisia, ( June 29, 2015 in New Delhi).
H.E Mr Taieb Baccouche Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia (the 3rd India Africa Forum held in New Delhi from 26 to 29 October 2015).
2016: H.E Mr Mongi Marzoug Minister of Energy and Mines (IAHC 2016).
(i) Information and communications Technology,
(ii) Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs),
(iii) Drugs and Pharmaceuticals,
(iv) Hydrocarbon sector, and
Oct 2008: 4th session of the working group on Pharmaceuticals products and medicines.
Mars 2009: first session of working group in textile sector.
Nov 2011: 2rd session of the working group on science and technology.
May 2013: 3rd Second of the working group on science and technology.
Nov 2013: 5th session of the joint committee on Pharmaceuticals products and medicines.
Tunisian- indian Joint venture on Phosphate sector (TIFERT)
Mahindra in Tunisia
Tata Motors in Tunisia
Several Indian companies have a presence in Tunisia. KEC International has secured orders from the Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz (STEG) dealing with the transmission line project in Tunisia.