Morocco king in Tunis

2014-05-31 06:45
King Mohammed VI (AFP)

King Mohammed VI (AFP)

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Tunis - Moroccan King Mohamed VI arrived in Tunis on Friday for his first official visit to the country since the January 2011 popular uprising that toppled a decades-old dictatorship, an AFP photographer said.

The king, whose three-day visit comes at the invitation of Moncef Marzouki, was met by the Tunisian president at the airport in Aouina near the capital mid-afternoon.

Eleven ministers and some 90 businessmen are accompanying the king on the visit, his first since the January 2011 uprising that unseated Tunisia's long serving strongman, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and touched off the Arab Spring uprisings across the region.

Around 20 bilateral agreements, in both the private and public sectors, are due to be signed during the visit, according to the president's office.

Mohamed VI will also meet Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa on Saturday and give a speech to the National Constituent Assembly at 15:30 GMT.

Shortly after his election to the presidency in 2012, Marzouki visited Morocco, a country he is familiar with having lived there.

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