United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during his conversation with Tunisian President Kais Syed, called on the country’s leader to observe the canons of democracy and human rights. This was announced on Monday, July 26, by the press service of the US State Department.
“The Secretary of State highlighted the strong partnership of the United States and the continued support of the Tunisian people, who are facing dual challenges – the economic crisis and the coronavirus pandemic. He called on President Said to adhere to the principles of democracy and human rights that form the basis of governance in Tunisia, “- said in the text of the notice of the press secretary of the US department Ned Price, which was published on website Department of State.
In addition, Blinken appealed to the head of the Tunisian government with an appeal to maintain an open dialogue “with all” politicians and the people of the country. He also added that Washington intends to continue monitoring the situation.
Earlier in the day, July 26, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that the US government did not have a final decision on the characterization of the events in Tunisia as a coup d’état due to the lack of legal analysis to be provided by the US Department of State. …
The unrest in the country began after President Qais Said’s decision to dismiss the government led by Prime Minister Hisham al-Meshishi. He also froze the rights of the country’s deputies and decided to appoint a new prime minister. At present, Said has assumed the duties of the head of the government. Hisham al-Meshishi has led the cabinet since September 2020.
The president’s actions caused discontent among both supporters of the current regime and the opposition. The protesters demand the dissolution of parliament, as well as a change in the political regime and the prosecution of those responsible for the deterioration of the epidemiological and socio-economic situation in the country.
On July 26, the Russian Embassy in Tunisia reported that no information had been received about the detention of Russians during the demonstrations. According to the Russian diplomatic mission, there is also no information about the requests of compatriots for medical care in Tunisian health care institutions.