Tunisian President Baji Caid Essebsi found himself compelled to intervene and correct the statements made by his foreign minister Tayeb Bekouche who spoke of the restoring relations with Damascus and accused Ankara of facilitating the passage of terrorists to Syria. Bekouche’s statements stirred a diplomatic raw and triggered tension with Ankara. Esebssi had then to intervene to “clarify” Bekouche’s in that there is no intention now to restore diplomatic relations with Syria. This is not the first disagreement of its kind between Beji and Bekouche. Short after the victory of Nidaa Tounes in the 2014 legislative election Bekouche strongly disagreed with Beji Esebssi, before his election president, about including Ennahdaa in Habib Sid’s government.

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