Tunisia: premier Bouden travels to Saudi Arabia

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TUNIS – In her first official trip abroad, Tunisian Premier Najla Bouden flew to Saudi Arabia to take part in the first summit of Arab countries on ecology, the Middle East Green Initiative Summit, organized by prince Mohamed bin Salman. The announcement was made by the presidency of the Tunisian government in a statement, adding that Bouden was accompanied in this mission by foreign minister, Othman Jerandi, and by the minister of environment, Laila El Shekhawi.

Contrary to habit, in a country like Saudi Arabia, Bouden did not wear the veil, local media said, commenting the first photos from the kingdom portraying the premier who is welcomed at the airport by a representative of the royal family.

Tunisian President Kais Saied is also expected in Riyadh.

Observers say that the real objective of the mission in Riyadh for Tunisians is to be able to obtain from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates the financial support that they have said they urgently need for public expenses.