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House Democrats warn Saied's crackdown risks US-Tunisia relationship

In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, a group of 20 Democratic lawmakers expressed concern over a wave of politically motivated arrests in Tunisia.
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WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats say Tunisian President Kais Saied’s inflammatory rhetoric against migrants and intensified crackdown on his perceived critics raises “serious concerns” about the US relationship with Tunisia. 

In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday, 20 House Democrats led by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) expressed alarm over what they described as “a stark acceleration in Tunisia’s autocratic consolidation.”

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