Saudi Arabia pledges to provide support to Tunisia, while the country is going through a political, economic, and health crisis.
According to a statement released by the Tunisian Presidency, Saudi State Minister for African Affairs Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan met President Kais Saied in Tunis and senior officials held talks afterward to discuss cooperation.
The statement did not give any details of the assistance that could be provided by Saudi Arabia, which has reiterated that it supports Saied’s decisions aimed at protecting the country.
Saied last month dismissed his prime minister, froze parliament, and assumed executive authority in a sudden intervention that his Islamist opponents have labeled a coup but that he said was necessary to save the country from collapse.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said earlier this month that his country would give Tunisia one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, and Saudi Arabia has also established an air bridge to provide medical aid for the North African country.
Tunisia is struggling with an unprecedented fiscal deficit, which reached 11.4 percent last year.
It is also on the verge of bankruptcy, needing at least $3 billion this year to pay foreign debts and the wages of hundreds of thousands of employees in the public sector.
Some Gulf states saw Saied’s intervention as undermining the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which they regard as their main regional foe, and which is close to the biggest party in Tunisia’s now frozen parliament.