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Tunisia’s top diplomat exhorts Trump not to abandon Palestinian statehood

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui urged the president-elect not to give up on Middle East peace.
Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui speaks during the 8th ministerial meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries in Tunis, Tunisia March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi - RTSBQCR

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s top diplomat urged President-elect Donald Trump not to give up on Tunisia’s fledgling democracy and Palestinian aspirations during a wide-ranging interview in his office.

Casting Tunisia as “exactly the anti-model of what the terrorists want,” Khemaies Jhinaoui told Al-Monitor Jan. 12 that he was confident the United States would remain a strong partner under the new administration, despite Trump’s narrow focus on counterterrorism during and since the presidential campaign.

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