During the phone call of US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Tunisia’s President Kais Saied discussed the situation in Tunisia and the need for “rapidly forming a new government”.
The Tunisian president was blamed for staging a coup after he dismissed the prime minister and froze the parliament for a duration of 30 days, and arrested 2 members of the parliament, following riots across the country.
During the phone call, the officials discussed the need for "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," the White House National Security Council said.
Sullivan expressed support for “Tunisian democracy based on fundamental rights, strong institutions and a commitment to the rule of law”, the statement added.
Earlier, riots, filled with protestors, erupted in several Tunisian cities with calls for the overthrow of the Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, following a new surge in Covid-19 cases.