Republic of Tunisia
Brazil and Tunisia established diplomatic relations in 1956. The Brazilian Embassy in Tunis was opened in 1961.
In 2001, the 1st Meeting of the Brazil-Tunisia Joint Commission on Cooperation was held, with the aim of reviewing the condition of bilateral relations. Visits of High level authorities were intensified, with emphasis on the three visits of the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, to Tunis (2005, 2008, and 2009), and the visit of his Tunisian counterpart to Brazil, in 2002. In 2009, in the context of a broad visit to the North of Africa, the Minister of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Miguel Jorge, went to Tunisia accompanied by large delegation of businessmen.
Following the 2011 Tunisian revolution, the Brazilian Government expressed reiterated support for the democratic transition process in the country. In turn, in the post-revolution period, Tunisia came to consider Brazil as a privileged partner in a strategy to diversify its external relations in the political and economic realms, as well as in the cooperation for development with social inclusion.
The visits to Tunis by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs Antonio Patriota, in April 2012, and Mauro Vieira, in March 2016, as well as the bilateral presidential meeting on the sidelines of the III ASPA Summit in October 2012, are good examples of the dynamism which both countries seek to bestow on this new phase of their relationship.
Particularly relevant in this context are initiatives aimed at resuming and deepening bilateral cooperation, such as the meeting of the Follow-up Committee, held in Tunis in April 2014. The meeting constituted an opportunity for Brazil and Tunisia to identify cooperation projects and initiatives in areas such as trade and investment, agriculture, health, and the fight against corruption, among others.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1956 – Brazil recognizes the independence of Tunisia and diplomatic relations are established
1961 – The Embassy of Brazil in Tunis is inaugurated
1999 – The Embassy in Tunis is temporarily deactivated due to budgetary reasons
2001 – The Embassy of Brazil in Tunis is reopened
2001 – Visit to Tunisia of the Brazilian Secretary General of Foreign Affairs
2002 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, Habib Bem Yahia, visits Brazil
2005 – Work visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim, to Tunisia
2006 – Meeting of the Brazil-Tunisia Joint Commission in Brasília
2008 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim, visits Tunisia
2009 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim, visits Tunisia
2011 – The Under-Secretary for Africa and Middle East visited Tunis, following the Tunisian Revolution
2012 – Brazilian technical mission visits Tunisia, between January 30 and February 3
2012 –International Symposium ‘Public Policies for Social Inclusion’ is held in Tunis, jointly organized by the Brazilian Government, FAO, and the Tunisian Government
2012 – Meeting between President Dilma Rousseff and President Moncef Marzouki, in the margins of the 3rd Summit of South American-Arab Countries (ASPA), in Lima
2014 – A meeting of the Follow-up Committee held in Tunis provided an opportunity for the two partners to pass in review their bilateral relations