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Biden urged to put strings on Tunisia aid amid democratic backslide

A letter from some 50 activists, academics and former diplomats calls for the Biden administration to condition certain assistance to Tunisia on steps toward democratic governance.

A group of former US diplomats and Middle East experts want the Biden administration to dial up the pressure on Tunisia’s president to reverse the country’s anti-democratic slide. 

“We fear that the absence of a strong US reaction to [Kais] Saied’s assault on democracy may have encouraged him to press forward on his destructive path,” read the letter sent to President Joe Biden on Thursday. 

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