Tunisian President: “Islam is not incompatible with democracy”

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, visited today the European Parliament in Brussels, where he was welcomed by Parliament President Martin Schulz. They had a meeting during which they discussed developments in Tunisia and EU-Tunisia relations. Essebsi called the visit is a historic and highly symbolic moment and addressed MEPs on his country#39;s commitment to democracy and freedom.

Tunisia is determined to prove that Islam is not incompatible with democracy,rdquo; said Essebsi, who became president in late 2014 after winning the country#39;s first free elections,

This year is the 40th anniversary of the first cooperation agreement between Tunisia and the EU, Essebsi told MEPS during today’s plenary session in Brussels: Tunisia and Europe destiny have been closely linked. We have had harmonious links and these are the links to build a strong relationship on.

The President warned MEPs that Tunisia was a target for the terroristsrdquo; and a democratic experiment that was still vulnerable. More than ever we need support of European partners,rdquo; he said.

Schulz praised Tunisia’s transformation into a democracy: Your country is a beacon of pluralism and tolerance today. The constitution guarantees the rule of law, individual freedoms and equality for all at a crucial time when populists are actively trying to spread fear.

Source: European Parliament.