Tunisia: MFA Denies Existence of Plans to Create U.S. Military Base On Tunisian-Algerian Border
Tunis — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Friday, categorically denied the existence of a Tunisian-American plan to create a U.S. military base on the Tunisian border with Algeria.
Information that circulated on social network and relayed by some media on plans to create a military base are “baseless,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement.
Official spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence Taoufik Rahmouni had denied on Friday any plans to create a foreign base in southern Tunisia or anywhere in the country, contrary to rumours that had circulated recently.
He said at a press briefing at the Government Palace that the Republican Decree declaring part of the Sahara a buffer border zone followed increased security risks, particularly terrorist threats and smuggling of weapons, ammunition, subsidised products and narcotics.