AMMAN — Minister of Justice, Bassam Talhouni met his Tunisian counterpart, Ghazi Jeribi, on the side lines of the 5th ministerial meeting of the Arab anti-Corruption and Integrity Network that convened in Tunis to discuss prospects for cementing legal and judicial ties and forge new ideas to advance cooperation.
The three-day conference, organised in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Arab League with the support of the UN Development Programme, brought together representatives and activists from 30 countries and organisations, including 20 from the Arab world.
In remarks at the conference, Talhouni said corruption, mainly favouritism, bribery and extortion are a social, moral and political "plague" that should be countered and fought by all ways and means
Talhouni said during the meeting that Jordan and Tunisia had a history of deep relations, referring to the two countries' efforts to enhance the independent of the judicial authority. He said Jordan was among the first countries to join international efforts to bring into existence and highlight the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
Jordan introduced the integrity and anti-corruption law and created a new body, the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission, in accordance the efforts to combat corruption.
The meeting tackled the role of three main entities to highlight the mechanisms of accountability: parliaments, specialized oversight bodies and judicial authorities in addition to non-governmental organisations that constitute an important backup to these bodies.