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UAE attempted to destabilise Tunisia, says ex-president

Tunisia’s former president Moncef Marzouki [file photo]
Tunisia’s former president Moncef Marzouki [file photo]

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was seeking to “destabilise” Tunisia, the country’s former president, Moncef Marzouki, warned on Sunday.

“We reaffirm that we sense the existence of a conspiracy against Tunisia aiming to destabilise it,” Marzouki told Tunisia’s HTV, pointing out that a “UAE operations room” was behind the alleged conspiracy.

“The UAE has informed the United States and many Arab countries about it [the conspiracy],” he added.

Al-Marzouki, who served as president from 2011 to 2014, stressed that the UAE had “flagrantly” attacked the Tunisian people. “It also attacks the people of Yemen, Syria and Libya,” he said.

The former president called on the Emirati authorities to “stop its aggression against Tunisia.”

He also criticised the Tunisian government for receiving the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman in November. Bin Salman is suspected of being involved in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey’s Istanbul in October.

Describing the move as “wrong”.

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