In an hour-long phone call, Biden’s National Security Advisor tells President of Tunisia to “rapidly” form new government led by “capable” prime minister

President Joseph R. Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Saturday spoke with President Kais Saied of Tunisia and urged him to “rapidly” form a new government led by a “capable” prime minister.

President Joe Biden walks with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan along the Colonnade of the White House Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, to the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) 
President Joe Biden walks with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan along the Colonnade of the White House Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, to the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

In a statement, NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne said in an hour-long discussion, Sullivan conveyed “President Biden’s strong support for the people of Tunisia and for Tunisian democracy based on fundamental rights, strong institutions, and a commitment to the rule of law.”

Horne said the call focused on “the critical need for Tunisian leaders to outline a swift return to Tunisia’s democratic path.”

“National Security Advisor Sullivan underscored that this will require rapidly forming a new government, led by a capable prime minister to stabilize Tunisia’s economy and confront the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ensuring the timely return of the elected parliament,” Horne said. “As Tunisia’s leaders answer the widely expressed demands of Tunisians for improved standards of living and honest governance, the United States and other friends of the Tunisian people stand ready to redouble our efforts to help Tunisia move toward a secure, prosperous, and democratic future.”

President Saied last week fired his rival prime minister and suspended parliament raising concerns that democracy may be at risk in the northern African country.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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