Algeria, Egypt Foreign Ministers Meet in Cairo to Discuss Tunisia

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry on Saturday met with his Algerian counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra in Cairo.

Minister Shukry while speaking at a joint news conference told reporters that Egypt is closely following the political turmoil in Tunisia in the wake of its president’s decision to seize exceptional powers.

Recall that President Kais Saied suspended parliament, lifted the immunity of parliament members, fired the prime minister, and took control of the executive branch, arguing the need to save the country amid public anger over joblessness, rising prices, and rising prices one of Africa’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.

Autocratic leaders from Egypt to Saudi Arabia hope the power grab spells doom for the region’s Islamists, but they also fear a reignited Arab Spring, like the region-wide uprisings kindled by Tunisia a decade ago.

Shukry said Egypt “completely trusts” the Tunisian leadership, but called it an “internal affair.”

Meanwhile, Lamamra said that the dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt over the Nile dam is “passing through a critical stage.” He urged for the three nations to agree.

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