Tunisia | Independence Day

The Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Mr Alistair Harrison, the Ambassador of Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Mr Khaled Al Duwaisan and Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood MP

Shining example

Ambassadors and parliamentarians from both the British and Tunisian parliaments joined with Ambassador Nabil Ammar to celebrate Tunisia’s 60th anniversary of independence.

Addressing guests, Ambassador Ammar said five years after his compatriots rose up for their national dignity, “Tunisians continue to make a difference and to be different”.

But Tunisia’s successful transition had made it a symbol that terrorists sought to destroy. The “common tragedy” Tunisia and the UK faced a year ago in Sousse had brought the two peoples closer together, said the Ambassador, who appealed for Britain’s continued support to bring about security and prosperity, “two faces of the same coin”.

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood MP said as Tunisia was “a shining example of the way forward following the Arab Spring,” adding that Britain “stood by Tunisia” by sharing intelligence, helping to secure the border with Libya and promising “planeloads” of British investors.


Mrs Hager Ammar welcomes the High Commissioner for The Seychelles Ms Marie-Pierre Lloyd

Mrs Hager Ammar with fellow spouses of heads of mission

Defence Attaché Col Kamal Ben Naceur welcomes the Ambassador of Algeria Mr Ammar Abba

Mr Anouar Ben Youssef, Ambassador Ammar, Mr Naoufel Hdia and Barry

Tunisian and British MPs with Ambassador Ammar

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood MP and Ambassador Ammar toast 60 years of Tunisian Independence

Ambassador Ammar welcomes the Ambassador of Iraq Dr Salih Ali

Ambassador Ammar greets the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud