Tunisian financial expert Ezzedine Saidane said the World Bank is now expected to extend a loan of its own soon and the African Development Bank will lift a moratorium on lending to Tunisia.
“People feel better and are relieved somehow,” he said. “I think the mood has changed tremendously, both inside the country and outside the country.”
In a message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made it clear that it was not just France that viewed the Tunisian experience as a model for the region.
“I count on the government and people of Tunisia to continue to inspire the world as they did some three years ago, and serve as an example for dialogue and compromise in resolving political disputes across the region and beyond,” he said.
The only sour note in the ceremony came when the US delegation walked out of the assembly hall during the speech by Iranian parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, who took the opportunity to slam US and Israeli meddling in the region, calling the Jewish state a “cancerous tumor” in the region.
In statement, Washington said its delegation left “due to the false accusations and inappropriate comments made by the Iranian representative present regarding the United States.”