On April 16, 2012, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with his visiting Tunisian counterpart Rafik Abdessalem in Beijing.
Yang hailed the traditional friendship between China and Tunisia. "China is willing to work together with the Tunisian side to further enhance political mutual trust, deepen reciprocal cooperation and increase people-to-people exchanges so as to continuously advance friendly cooperation between the two nations," Yang said.
Abdessalem said Tunisia attaches great importance to its ties with China and is willing to make joint efforts with China to boost their cooperative relationship.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest.