US urges democracy maintained in Tunisia, as birthplace of Arab Spring in crisis

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US urges democracy maintained in Tunisia, as birthplace of Arab Spring in crisis
Blinken phones president after he dismisses government, calls on him to ‘maintain open dialogue with all political actors and the Tunisian people’
By AFP

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday spoke by phone with Tunisian President Kais Saied to urge respect for democracy after he sacked the government. In his call, the top US diplomat urged Saied to “maintain open dialogue with all political actors and the Tunisian people,” the State Department said in a statement. “He encouraged President Saied to adhere to the principles of democracy and human rights that are the basis of governance in Tunisia,” it said. Blinken also promised US support on Tunisia’s economy and fight against COVID-19, a key factor in protests that erupted around the nation and led Saied on Sunday to dismiss the prime minister and suspend parliament. President Joe Biden’s administration, which considers democracy promotion a key priority, earlier voiced alarm over the situation in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

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