France invites Tunisia, Egypt to participate in G8 summit

14:30, May 04, 2011      

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France has invited Tunisia and Egypt to participate in the next summit of the Group of Eight (G8), due at the end of May in the northern French city of Deauville, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday.

The minister made the announcement at a hearing at the National Assembly, saying the two countries have been invited by France, which holds the rotating presidency of the G8. This initiative is aimed to "support the democracy transition in the Arab world," Juppe told the French lawmakers.

The eight major industrialized countries of the group were expected to use the opportunity of the summit to bring forward " action plans" to help Tunisia and Egypt overcome economic difficulties, thus ultimately promoting democratic reform in the region, according to the minister.

"If we let them (Egypt and Tunisia) get bogged down in economic difficulties, the political transition will be threatened," Juppe stressed.

Leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Russia will get together on May 26 and 27 in Deauville, a port city in northern France.

Source: Xinhua
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