“We share similar schemes like Smart Tunisia and Digital Tunisia”
H.E. Mr. Tarek Azouz, Ambassador of Tunisia to India since September 2011, speaks with India Empire Magazine on issues ranging from bilateral relations to trade, commerce, business, entrepreneurial opportunities, and tourism. Ambassador Azouz is concurrently accredited to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives. After joining the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982, Ambassador Azouz, served as First Secretary in the Tunisian Embassy in Washington from 1987 to 1993 and Counselor in the Tunisian Embassy in Tokyo from 1998 till 2000. He was Deputy Chief of Mission of the Tunisian Embassy in Washington D.C. from 2001 to 2005...
H.E. Mr Tarek Azouz, Ambassador of Tunisia to India
What is your perception about the relation between Tunisia and India?
Tunisia and India established diplomatic relationships in 1958 right after Tunisia’s independence in 1956. However, relations between the two countries date back decades before that and here we acknowledge the strong support India extended to Tunisia during its freedom struggle. In fact, Tunisia established an office between 1952 and 1956, in Connaught Place in New Delhi, during the last phase of Tunis’s struggle against the French protectorate. Ever since our contacts with India were established we’ve had engagements in trade, cultural and economic segments. There have, of course, been regular political interactions through exchange of visits between leaders of both countries. At the moment we are trying to deepen our bilateral relations by engaging not only on the political and the economic level, but also on the level of people to people contacts, which go as far as to the time of Vasco Da Gama, who encountered Tunisian traders on the Malabar Coast.