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US racial justice envoy calls out Tunisian president's 'incendiary' rhetoric

In an interview with Al-Monitor, the State Department's special representative for racial equity and justice, Desirée Cormier Smith, discussed the challenges facing marginalized racial and ethnic groups in the Middle East.
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WASHINGTON — The State Department’s racial justice envoy expressed concern over Tunisian President Kais Saied’s “inflammatory and incendiary rhetoric” and said the administration was considering "additional measures" to encourage the North African country to meet its obligations under international law.

Desirée Cormier Smith, the department’s first-ever special representative for racial equity and justice, spoke with Al-Monitor following her five-day trip to the Jordanian capital of Amman. The visit marked her first to the region as special representative. 

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