Egyptian parliament declares support for Tunisian president's measures to secure aspirations of Tunisian people

Gamal Essam El-Din , Thursday 5 Aug 2021

The Arab Affairs Committee said Tunisian president Kais Saied's measures aim to stabilise the country and solve its political, economic and health problems

MP Karim Darwish, head of the Egyptian House of Representatives' foreign relations committee (L) meets with Lotfy El-Talbi, chargé d’affairs at the Tunisian Embassy in Egypt. Press photo

In a statement on Thursday, the Arab Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives said the Egyptian parliament supports the measures recently taken by Tunisian president Kais Saied to stabilise the country and secure the aspirations of the Tunisian people.

The committee said Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry's visit to Tunisia on Tuesday demonstrates that Egypt completely supports President Saied's historic measures and that Egypt's security and stability are closely tied to those of Tunisia.

"The Egyptian parliament declares complete confidence in President Kais Saied's measures and in his capacity as a leader of Tunisia to help the country get out of its current critical conditions and take all the measures necessary to help Tunisia solve it political, economic and health problems," said the statement.

The committee also called on the international community to support Tunisia in their confrontation with terrorist organisations, which pose a threat to its internal stability.

"Tunisia under its current leadership is quite capable of restoring stability and getting rid of the terrorist organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist forces," said the statement.

Ahmed Abaza, deputy chairman of the Arab Affairs Committee, said Tunisia is fighting a ferocious battle against the forces of political Islam led by the Muslim Brotherhood, who are trying to hijack the country and implement their radical agenda. However, he continued, President Saied's measures are saving the country from this agenda. "The Muslim Brotherhood is the group which has caused internal strife and instability in recent years in many parts of the Arab world, including Tunisia," said Abaza.

In the meantime, Karim Darwish, the chair of Egyptian parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, met on Thursday with Lotfi El-Talbi, the charge d'affaires at the Tunisian embassy in Cairo. A statement said both Karim and Talbi discussed the mutual relations between Egypt and Tunisia at all levels, particularly in political, economic and security terms, in order to be able to face the challenges.

The meeting comes after Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry visited Tunisia on Tuesday and met with President Kais Saied. Shoukry declared Cairo's full support for what he described as the historic measures taken by President Saied.

The Tunisian president announced a number of drastic decisions on 26 July, suspending the parliament – dominated by the Islamist party Ennahdha – and dismissing his prime minister.

Shoukry said Saied's measures "aim to fulfill the will of his people and guarantee the stability of his country and its best interests, and that Egypt is confident in the wisdom of president Said and his ability to lead this constitutional path steadfastly."

The Tunisian president underscored his country's keenness on "permanently" boosting its ties and coordination with Egypt.

"Egypt's stability and security are closely tied to those of Tunisia," President Saied emphasised.

He also underscored his appreciation to Egypt for its solidarity with Tunisia in countering the spread of the coronavirus, referring to the medical equipment and drugs Egypt has sent recently

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