jeudi 6 octobre 2011

Essebsi in Washington : "Women work better than men"

Barack Obama and Béji Caïd Essebsi

The Tunisian Prime Minister is in Washington this week for his first official visit since the January Revolution. He spoke to some members of Congress today at Georgetown university and discussed the Arab uprising as well as Tunisia’s. The Prime Minister in slated to meet President Obama for 45 minutes on Friday, the last day of his official visit.

When asked to comment on the situation in his home country, Mr. Essebsi was optimistic, stating that there are numerous religiously minded parties represented at the elections. Ennahda is the Islamic party who currently has the lead in the polls. The Prime Minister invited Western nations not to fear Islamists and also spoke of the importance of equality between the sexes in this video, concluding to the audience’s delight that women make better workers than men.

Before leaving for the U.S., Prime Minister Essebsi met with the head of European diplomacyCatherine Ashton, in Tunis and spoke with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority.

No doubt that that last conversation will be on the topic list for Friday’s talk with Obama. The Israeli-Palestine conflict might even come up during Obama’s and Essebsi’s joint press conference at the White House later that day. Stay tuned!

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