Egypt supports Tunisian president's 'historic' measures, FM Shoukry tells Kais Saied

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Aug 2021

President Saied said Egypt's stability and security are closely tied to those of Tunisia

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L) during his meeting with Tunisian President Kais Saied at the Carthage Palace on Tuesday, 3 August 2021 (photo courtesy of the Egyptian foreign ministry)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has asserted Cairo's support for what he described as the “historic measures” recently taken by Tunisian President Kais Saied, a statement by the Tunisian presidency said on Tuesday following a meeting between Shoukry and Saied at Carthage Palace.

The Tunisian president announced a number of drastic decisions in late July, suspending the parliament, dominated by the Islamist party Ennahdha, and relieving his prime minister in a step that sparked demonstrations for and against the decision.

The Egyptian top diplomat, who arrived in the Tunisian capital earlier in the day, said Saied's measures "aim to fulfil the will of his people and guarantee the stability of his country and its best interests," according to the statement.

"Egypt is confident in the wisdom of president of the [Tunisian] state and his ability to lead this constitutional path steadfastly," the statement quoted Shoukry as saying.

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 renewed his thanks to Egypt for its solidarity with Tunisia in countering the spread of the coronavirus, referring to the medical equipment and drugs Egypt sent recently.

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