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Russian and Tunisian officials are expected to discuss the use of ruble in bilateral trade during a meeting in Moscow.

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — The recently appointed Tunisian foreign minister may meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on March 14 in Moscow to discuss bilateral relations and international issues, including the crises in Libya and Syria, Tunisian Ambassador to Russia Ali Goutali told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"We will be holding our political consultation at the level of the foreign ministers on the 14th of March. The main agenda of this consultation between Tunisia’s newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui and Lavrov is our political relations and our economic cooperation: ways and means of strengthening our economic and trade ties,” Goutali said.

The two diplomats will also discuss tourism, Goutali said. According to the ambassador, Tunis would like to increase the flow of Russian tourists to the Arab country.

“The regional issues of mutual interest such as the situation in Syria and Libya will be discussed as well,” ambassador added.

March 20 will mark the 60th anniversary of Tunisian independence and the establishment of Russia-Tunisia diplomatic ties. Following the anniversary, on March 30-April 2, Russian and Tunisian officials will meet in Moscow for the sixth intergovernmental commission.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid appointed Jhinaoui at the helm of the country’s foreign ministry on January 7.

Russia, Tunisia to Discuss Use of Ruble in Bilateral Trade

Russian officials will discuss the use of the ruble in bilateral trade with their Tunisian counterparts at a session of an intergovernmental commission, the Tunisian Ambassador to Russia told Sputnik.

Russian and Tunisian officials are expected to meet for the sixth intergovernmental commission that will take place in Moscow on March 30-April 2.

"The main agenda of this consultation is our political relations and our economic cooperation: ways and means of strengthening our economic and trade ties, specifically at this stage, because right now where is a place for the Tunisian products on the Russian market… We will be looking for a solution to use ruble instead of dollar in our trade exchanges," Goutali said.

He added that there was a need to increase Tunisian export of agricultural products and textiles.

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