Former Ambassador of Tunisia in India, Spain and China, Dr Mohamed Sahbi Basly, has met with Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International to discuss the political and social situation in Tunisia and to present his new book 'Au service de la République' (At the service of the Republic).
The book describes the service Dr Basly provided, first as Governor and then as Ambassador of Tunisia around the world. Dr Basly had also previously been Governor of Medenine and Sfax. Following the revolution, Dr Basly founded ‘Al Mostaqbel’ (The Future), a new centre-liberal party that is becoming a democratic force in the new Tunisian political landscape.
Dr Basly has participated in a position of privilege in a critical chapter of Tunisian history. The book covers the new political landscape in Tunisia as well as stories about the former President of the Republic Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who was in power for twenty three years. The part of the book featuring the Tunisian Republic covers more than half a century and is divided into two parts: The Bourguiba era 1956-1987 and The Ben Ali era 1987–2010.
“I have known Dr Basly for many years from his days as Ambassador of Tunisia to the Kingdom of Spain. I also travelled with Ambassador Basly to meet President Ben Ali in an official visit to Tunisia in 2004. Ben Ali knew that Dr Basly was an independent man of strong principles whose sole aim was to serve the needs of the Tunisian people beyond any party politics or allegiances. This is what has kept the reputation of Dr Basly intact during and post revolution and allowed him to join Tunisian politics,”
said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.
Dr Basly has a Doctorate in Medicine and is specialised in public health and the environment, having completed postgraduate studies in Occupational Health and Safety in Canada and at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He was a lecturer of medicine in Tunis and at the National Institute of Labour and Social Studies. Dr Basly gained experience as an Ambassador in many countries including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, North Korea, Spain and most recently in China. His post to China coincided with the most important events in the country’s recent history, the World Expo and the Beijing Olympics. Dr Basly is also a member of the International Advisory Board of Gold Mercury International.