Arab News
April 5, 2022

Tunisia calls Erdogan comments on president’s decree unacceptable interference

Tunisia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that comments by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tunisia’s leader dissolving parliament was “an unacceptable interference” in internal affairs.

On Monday, Erdogan criticized President Kais Saied’s decree dissolving parliament last week as a “smearing of democracy” and a blow to the will of the Tunisian people.

“Tunisia expresses its astonishment at the Turkish President’s statement….these comments are unacceptable,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

“Tunisia affirms its keenness on close relations with friendly countries but adheres to the independence of its decision and rejects interference in its sovereignty,” it said.

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Saied’s move was criticized at home and abroad. The US State Department expressed its deep concern while the opposition called for a protest next Sunday in Tunis.

Ghannouchi, who is the head of Islamist Ennahda party, rejected Saied’s decision to dissolve parliament and said other virtual sessions would be convened.

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Hurriyet Daily News
April 5, 2022

Dissolution of parliament blow to Tunisian people: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed regret over Tunisian President Kais Saied’s order to dissolve parliament and said it was a blow to the will of the Tunisian people.

“The dissolution of parliament, which includes the elected officials, is thought-provoking for the future of Tunisia and is a blow to the will of the Tunisian people,” Erdoğan said in a statement posted on social media on April 4.

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Turkey hopes that these developments will not jeopardize the ongoing transition towards establishing democratic legitimacy in Tunisia, Erdoğan said, noting that Ankara places a premium on the fulfillment of the road map outlined for the elections.

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Having another phone talk with Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart K. Tokayev, Erdoğan noted that the need for the Trans-Caspian East-West-Middle Corridor had further increased due to the Russia-Ukraine war. Erdoğan, in this regard, pointed out that the necessity of ensuring full liberalization in transportation between Turkey and Kazakhstan had arisen and that it would be beneficial to take concrete steps accordingly.

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