Tunisian President rallies country for fight against Daesh

Published April 26th, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. (AFP/File)
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. (AFP/File)

President Beji Caid Essebsi reaffirmed Tunisia's determination to stand up to the growing threat of Daesh which is "a political non-religious movement whose sole purpose is to gain power."

"Daesh fighters are not Muslims and do not represent Islam," he said in interview with Italian daily "La Stampa" last week-end.

"To counter this terrorist threat, illiteracy, marginalisation and unemployment should be reduced," Caid Essebsi pointed out, deeming necessary to "create jobs for Tunisian youth to ensure they are not lured by monthly wages of one thousand dollars offered by Daesh."

In the same connection, the Head of State called for restoring stability to Libya, insofar as terrorists attacking Tunisia come from this country.

He said he supported military intervention against Daesh in Libya, provided that strikes will be targeted and that the collateral damage be limited.

He also reaffirmed support for Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj so that Libya remains united.

With the rise of migratory flow, particularly form the hotbeds of tension, the Head of State called for devising a global strategy for migration, involving all the Mediterranean countries.


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