Tunisian president voices discontent over U.S. interference in internal affairs

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Tunisian President Kais Saied (R) meets with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf (L) in Tunis, Tunisia, on Aug. 30, 2022. Tunisian President Kais Saied on Tuesday expressed his rejection of U.S. interference in Tunisia's internal affairs when receiving the U.S. official, according to a statement by the Tunisian presidency. (Tunisian Presidency/Handout via Xinhua)

Tunisian President Kais Saied on Tuesday expressed his rejection of U.S. interference in Tunisia’s internal affairs when receiving a U.S. official, according to a statement by the Tunisian presidency.

During his meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf, Saied expressed his displeasure with recent statements by several U.S. officials about the current situation in Tunisia, and reaffirmed Tunisia’s firm position on sovereignty and the independence of its national decision-making, the statement said.

The president expressed his rejection of any “interference in its internal affairs,” it added.

Saied also called on authorities in the U.S. to listen to their counterparts in order to learn the reality of Tunisia’s current situation.

Several top U.S. officials, including U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, have expressed their “concern” over the democracy in Tunisia, following a constitutional referendum held in the North African country on July 25.

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