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Tunisia denies presence of American troops on the borders with Libya

Spokesperson of the Tunisian Defence Ministry Brigadier General Tawfiq Rahmouni denied on Wednesday the presence of any foreign forces on the Tunisian side of the border with Libya.

According to Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed news website, Head of the Tunisian People's Movement Zouhair Maghzaoui said previously that he had information about the existence of American forces in the south of the country near the border with Libya.

Rahmouni reportedly described Maghzaoui's information, which was carried by the Tunisian news agency, or TAP, as "propaganda." He noted that the principle of the defence ministry is to refuse all foreign military presence on Tunisian soil.

Speaking to Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed, Maghzaoui repeated that he had information about the existence of American troops in the Tunisian desert, which is adjacent to Libya. He expects this comes as part of American preparations to intervene in Libya under the pretext of the on-going unrest there.

Regarding the unrest in Libya, Maghzaoui said: "Dealing with issues based on partisan and political agendas is not acceptable."

He called for the countries neighbouring Libya to launch an initiative to bring order to Libya since if developments worsen there it would result in negative consequences for the whole region.


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