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Kais Saied: Tunisia Will Never Accept Foreign Military Bases on Its Soil


Mon 24 Jun 2024 | 09:40 PM
Tunisian President Kais Saied
Tunisian President Kais Saied
By Ahmad El-Assasy

Tunisian President Kais Saied reaffirmed that Tunisia will never accept the presence of foreign military bases on its soil. In a statement commemorating the 68th anniversary of the National Army's founding, Saied emphasized that Tunisia's stance remains unwavering.

"We accept cooperation and the exchange of experiences and expertise, which is customary among nations. However, such cooperation will only be within the framework of national choices stemming from the interests of the Tunisian people. We will not allow a single grain of sand or drop of water to fall outside the complete sovereignty of the Tunisian state," Saied declared.

Addressing the nation on this significant occasion, President Saied underscored, "We are all working to ensure Tunisia remains impervious to those who conspire against it. We want Tunisia to stand tall and proud in every forum and under every sky."

He called on the national community to contribute the necessary resources to enhance the capabilities of the armed forces, including infrastructure and armament, and to support all military personnel of various ranks and specializations. Saied described the military as "hawks that monitor our enemies and eliminate those who seek to harm us or sow discord among us."

In a message directed to officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers, Saied assured that the national community's will to support the military would be reflected in a strategic plan, whether through the finance law or other legal frameworks.

Saied also pledged that Tunisia would not forget its fallen and injured heroes, ensuring they receive continuous care. He highlighted the role of the "Fidaa Foundation" in supporting victims of terrorist attacks from the military and internal security forces.

President Saied praised the extensive efforts of the armed forces in various fields, including combating terrorism, addressing illegal and inhumane migration, providing health and emergency services, extinguishing fires, securing national examinations, and overseeing electoral processes. He also noted their participation in UN peacekeeping missions.

He pointed out that the military has developed its capabilities in numerous areas, reflecting its mastery of contemporary sciences. Saied emphasized that the armed forces, like the Tunisian people, have embodied a victorious spirit and are prepared to fulfill their sacred duty, face any challenge, and fight for honor and dignity, even if it means martyrdom.