25 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of Tunisia, Kais Saied, has assured this Friday that he does not discriminate against sub-Saharan Africans who live legally in the country and that he only seeks compliance with the law, all in an effort
According to the Tunisian president, “no racial discrimination can come from the country whose former name was Ifriquía”, sending a message of tranquility to sub-Saharan Africans who legally reside in Tunisia, according to the TAP agency.
For this reason, he recalled that he only asks for “compliance with the law”, warning that the State is responsible for preventing foreigners from settling irregularly in its territory.
The Tunisian president’s statements come three days after he advocated the need to “put an end” to the illegal migration of sub-Saharan Africans, stating that they “continue with violence, crimes and unacceptable practices.”
Saied believes that his call for an urgent end to the influx of sub-Saharan immigrants in Tunisia has been exploited by “imposters and malicious” using the card of racial discrimination. “They intend to sow discord and division and harm Tunisia’s relations with African states,” stressed the Tunisian president.
Likewise, he has reaffirmed that he never called for racial discrimination, urging those responsible for the different decision levels to “protect and defend the rights” of sub-Saharan Africans who legally reside in Tunisia, according to the aforementioned agency.
However, Saied has affirmed once again that “he will not allow the change of the demographic composition of Tunisia, nor the settlement of foreigners in the country irregularly”, indicating that special courts had been created for some sub-Saharan Africans residing in the country irregularly.
“Tunisia has contributed a lot to Africa,” he stressed, citing as an example his unconditional support for the liberation movements in Angola, Namibia, South Africa and other countries.
“The sub-Saharans who have come to Tunisia have found refuge there, but they are not above the law,” he added.