On April 17, 2012, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with visiting Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem at the Great Hall of the People.
China respected the will and choice of the Tunisian people after the "historical transformation" last year, Xi told Abdessalem. "I believe that Tunisia, with joint efforts from the government and the people, will make new achievements in its national construction," Xi said.
Xi hailed the mutual understanding and sincere cooperation between the two countries since the diplomatic ties were forged in 1964, saying the two states were facing "new opportunities" for development. "China will work with Tunisia to push forward substantial cooperation in various fields so as to constantly promote friendly and cooperative ties and benefit the two countries and peoples," Xi said.
Agreeing with Xi's positive comments on bilateral ties, Abdessalem said the two countries enjoy a profound traditional friendship. Tunisia attached great importance to developing friendly relationship with China and appreciated China's support for Tunisians. Tunisia would work with China to bolster mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas in the new period, he said.
The two sides also discussed the situation in West Asia and North Africa.