The social media account of the US Embassy in Tunisia included a message by Blinken on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of Tunisia’s independence from France.
In his message, Blinken celebrated the 66th anniversary of Tunisia’s independence from France on March 20, 1956, and the 11th anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution in 2011.
Emphasizing the importance of relations between the two countries, Blinken said, “The United States supports the aspiration of the Tunisian people for an effective, democratic government that responds to their needs, protects universal human rights, expands security and enhances economic opportunities.”
In its previous statements, the United States had called for an immediate end to the extraordinary decisions of Tunisian President Kais Saied of July 25, 2021, who suspended the Assembly and lifted parliamentary immunity.
The extraordinary decisions announced by Tunisian President Kais Saied last year led to a kind of “exceptional situation” in the country.
Saied completely subordinated the executive branch to himself, expanding his powers with new decrees on September 22, 2021.
Some sections in Tunisia describe Saied’s decisions as a “coup” and argue that Tunisia is moving away from democracy.