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Tunisia to open services office in Syria

BEIRUT: Tunisia has decided to open an office in Syria but the move doesn’t signal a restoration of diplomatic ties, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesman. 

The office will offer a number of administrative and social services to Tunisian nationals in the war-torn country, Mokhtar Chaouachi told a Tunisian news agency Saturday. 

However, he specified that the office’s opening, which he said was imminent, did not represent a step in the direction of re-establishing diplomatic relations. 

“The mission of this office is only administrative,” he underlined. In February 2012, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki severed diplomatic ties with Syria, advocating the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the launch of a “democratic transition.” 

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 09, 2014, on page 8.
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