“Tunisia, after July 25, remains above all a democratic country that respects rights and freedoms with a strong and unbiased justice [system],” said Tunisian Ambassador to Greece Dr. Lassaad Mhirsi in an interview with AMNA.
His statement was made in the context of being only one month after Tunisian President Kais Saied suspended the country’s parliament and removed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi from office.
The Tunisian ambassador also highlighted Greece’s role in the Mediterranean, saying it was an important actor and focusing on bilateral relations between the two countries that “unite the two shores of the Mediterranean”.
“Tunisia and Greece have a long-standing friendship and their relations are exemplary,” he said, noting that the two countries share the same views on a great many issues of joint regional and international interest.
He also noted Greece’s support for Tunisia within the European Union, saying that EU-Tunisian cooperation was one of strategic partnership.
Regarding the situation in his country, he said that the appointment of a new prime minister that will be able to meet the expectations of Tunisians will not be long in coming and called on the international community “to not support corrupt and illegal Islamists”.
“On July 25, President Kais Saied, a professor of constitutional law, acted with respect for democracy and his decisions are all taken within the framework of the law, in order to preserve the stability of Tunisia, the functioning of state institutions and their protection from threats against the country,” the ambassador said.
These decisions were in line with the will of the Tunisian people, which had on many occasions demanded that the president intervene to end an interminable political crisis and the economic, social and healthcare difficulties linked chiefly with a disastrous handling of the pandemic, with more than 22,000 deaths in a population of 11 million people, he added.
Asked about the progress of the country’s vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, Mhirsi said Tunisia was emerging from the pandemic and thanked “all the friends of Tunisia for their exemplary solidarity, as well as Greek authorities for the donation that they have promised to make to Tunisia during these difficult times.”
Referring to the 10 years since the 2011 revolution in Tunisia, he said that the “experiment had failed” because the elected Islamists and the parties supporting them, who without being a majority participated in public life, had gained access to state mechanisms and exercised power without restraints, adopting the same system of corruption and nepotism that the Tunisians had rebelled against.
Ambassador Mhirsi’s five-year term in Athens will be ending in the next few weeks.