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Erdogan’s statements shake Tunisian-Turkish ties

Diplomatic and economic relations between Tunisia and Turkey are at stake in the wake of statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following President Kais Saied’s decision to dissolve parliament.
Tunisian President Kais Saied (R) arrives with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has recently rejected any foreign interference in his country’s internal affairs. 

Speaking at an April 6 ceremony commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the death of former President Habib Bourguiba in the Monastir governorate in northeastern Tunisia, Saied said Tunisia is not an Ottoman state, in reference to the Ottoman Empire that occupied many Arab countries for years.

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