US Secretary of State Colin Powell and Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib Bin Yahia met on Tuesday for talks on
a wide range of issues.
Powell and Bin Yahia, who is currently in Washington preparing for a February visit to the White House by Tunisian President Zine al- Abidine Bin Ali,
sought to boost the "strategic dialogue" and military cooperation between both countries, Powell said.
The two leaders discussed North African affairs, including the prospects for a settlement in Western Sahara and the recent decision by Libya to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
In addition, Powell and Bin Yahia discussed the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with Powell stating that he hopes "in this new year we can find ways to move forward on the roadmap" to a lasting settlement. (Albawaba.com)
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