AU imposes sanction on Tunisia over failure to pay contribution for 2020 (Jerandi)
18/11/2020 21:43, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi said the African Union (AU) has imposed a first-degree sanction on Tunisia.

This sanction consists of banning Tunisia from speaking at the meetings of the African Union for a period of six months, for failing to pay its contribution for the year 2020.

The Minister was speaking Wednesday before the Committee on Rights, Freedoms and External Relations of Parliament, during the discussion of the draft budget of the Ministry for 2021.

He said that the contribution of Tunisia is estimated at 18 million dinars.

The contribution for the year 2020 has been reserved for the payment of arrears.

"We have not been able to pay the current year's contribution, since the Ministry of Finance has not paid the Department of Foreign Affairs the additional funds required.

He noted, however, that this budget is totally inconsistent with the programmes developed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Jerandi said this budget is entirely dedicated to operating expenses and that it does not allow for the implementation of the planned programmes.

Among these programmes, he said, the completion of the installation of the premises of Tunisian diplomatic missions abroad, such as the acquisition of the residence of the Ambassador in Algeria, at a cost of 12 MD and the acquisition of the headquarters of the Tunisian Consulate in Toulouse (France) at a cost of 6.5 MD, in addition to the project to build the Tunisian Embassy and the residence of the Ambassador in Doha (Qatar), at an estimated cost of 10 MD.

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