Tunisian president congratulates Obama on winning Nobel Prize

21:31, October 10, 2009      

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Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali congratulated his American counterpart Barack Obama on winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, national radio reported Saturday.

"This high distinction is a gesture of gratefulness to President Barack Obama's judicious stands in favor of consecration of the values of peace and justice," Ben Ali was quoted as saying.

"It represents the best stimulus for (him) to forge ahead on the path of consecration of peace and the dissemination of the values of cooperation, tolerance and solidarity among world people," he added.

Ben Ali sees the close and long-standing friendly and cooperative ties linking Tunisia and the United States bolstered further on the determination of both countries to strengthen and develop them.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Obama for his efforts to improve international diplomacy and boost cooperation between people, citing his push for nuclear disarmament and his attempts to resolve the deadlock world issues, especially the Middle East peace process.

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