Tunisian president-elect: Normal ties with Israel are ‘high treason’
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Tunisian president-elect: Normal ties with Israel are ‘high treason’

Kais Saied made comments about 'normalisation' of relations with the Jewish state after resounding election win

Kais Saied (Screenshot from YouTube)
Kais Saied (Screenshot from YouTube)

Tunisia’s president-elect said that normalisation of his country’s relations with Israel are tantamount to “high treason.”

Kais Saied, an academic who won a resounding victory in the final round of presidential voting on Sunday, was asked about the normalisation of ties with Israel in a televised debate two days earlier.

“‘Normalisation’ is the wrong word to use,” Saied said. “We should be talking about high treason.”

Tunisia has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

A law proposed last year would have criminalised ties with Jerusalem, but then-president Caid Essebsi did not endorse it.

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