The scheduled meeting of the EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, with the Tunisian president Kais Saied has been cancelled.
This was reported to ANSA by a source from the EU delegation in Tunis without specifying the reasons.
The EU Commissioner is in Tunis to discuss the socio-economic reforms envisaged by the government in the context of a difficult economic situation and the modalities of a potential new macro-financial assistance operation, which the EU Commission could consider if the preconditions are met.
During his mission in Tunisia, Gentiloni is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Najla Bouden, various ministers and the governor of the Central Bank Marouane Abassi, as well as with representatives of the private sector and civil society.
"We support the economic stability of Tunisia and therefore we support the conclusion of the program proposed by the IMF": thus a spokesman for the National Security Council of the White House replied to a question from ANSA on the US position towards the 1.9 euro loan billion dollars negotiated between Tunis and the Fund and on Italy's efforts to break the deadlock.
The State Department and the IMF had underlined in recent days that Tunis has not yet signed the reform package to which the loan is conditional.