The Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, on Friday, the summons of Chargé d’Affairs at the US Embassy, Natasha Francesky, due to statements by US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, about the country’s political track, following the recent referendum on the new constitution.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman El-Grandi informed the US Chargé d’Affairs of Tunisia’s “extreme astonishment” at Blinken’s statements and statements that “do not reflect at all the reality of the situation” in the country.
The statement quoted Al-Jarandi as considering the US position as “unacceptable interference” in Tunisia’s internal national affairs, stressing that his country “is committed to its national sovereignty and the independence of its decision.”
Al-Jarandi added that Tunisia “rejects any questioning of its irreversible democratic path or of its people’s choices and will, which it expressed through the ballot box with a wide majority and in the framework of integrity and transparency, in accordance with recognized international standards and the testimony of international observers who accompanied the referendum.”
The minister said that his country is going through a “key stage in its history, and is looking forward to the support and backing of all its partners if they are really keen on making the Tunisian democratic experiment a success instead of questioning it and giving the opportunity to those who stalk it to sabotage it.”
The Tunisian Foreign Ministry’s statement also described statements made by the US ambassador to the country before Congress as “unacceptable,” quoting Reuters.
Earlier, Tunisian President Kais Saied stressed his country’s sovereignty and the independence of its internal decision, as well as its right to self-determination, stressing his rejection of any form of interference in its affairs.
This came in response to the statements of the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, in which he spoke about his country’s concern about the recent developments in Tunisia, and criticized them public referendum results On the new constitution that took place last Monday, he said that it was “characterized by low voter turnout,” saying that it “weakens the path of democracy in Tunisia, undermines human rights and limits freedoms.”
In a statement published today by the US State Department, Blinken said that Washington shares many Tunisians’ concerns that “the process taken in drafting the new constitution has restricted the scope for real debate, and that the new constitution could weaken democracy in Tunisia,” calling for the need to “establish a process Comprehensive and transparent reform to begin restoring the confidence of the millions of Tunisians who did not participate in the referendum or opposed the new constitution.
Interacting with this, Tunisian President Saeed said during his meeting with Foreign Minister Othman El-Grandi, today, Friday, that “Tunisia is a free, independent and sovereign state, and that its sovereignty and independence are above all considerations,” noting that “among the principles on which international law is based is the principle of the right of peoples. self-determination and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.
Saied stressed the independence of the national decision and its rejection of any form of interference in national affairs, adding that the Tunisian state is equal in sovereignty with all countries, as stipulated by the principles of international law.
The statements of the US Secretary of State sparked widespread controversy in Tunisia, amid calls for protests in front of the US embassy, denouncing this US interference in the country’s affairs.
In this context, the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights condemned the US interference in Tunisian political affairs, and called for a protest, Saturday, in front of the US embassy.
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