Since 2015, Tunisia has refused to accept refugees on its soil (Mohsen Marzouk)
17/02/2017 22:26, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Since June 2015, Tunisia has refused to accept refugees on its soil. It was at the G7 Summit, in which President Beji Caïd Essebsi took part, "reminded Mohsen Marzouk, Secretary-General of the Machrou Tounes movement.

Marzouk believes that it is senseless to raise this issue again during the recent visit of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed in Germany, which, according to him, is a political upheaval with the objective "to attribute exceptional achievements to the government".

In a statement to TAP on Friday, Machrou Tounes' S-G said the ruling coalition failed to achieve the objectives of the "Carthage Document" and showed inconsistency in action between its various components ".

According to Mohsen Marzouk, "continuing the current situation will jeopardize the chances of ending the political, social and economic crisis".

As regards the future of the political front between Machrou Tounes and other parties like the Socialist Party and the Free Patriotic Union (UPL), Marzouk affirmed that "the objectives of this alliance are not yet set, and that a meeting will be held next week to agree on the identity of this Front.

On the sidelines of a conference organised by the movement to celebrate the anniversary of the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union, Mohsen Marzouk also stressed that "the dream of uniting the Arab Maghreb countries is still waiting to be achieved pointing out that" among the obstacles to this union is the lack of political will to move towards a popular, social and economic union ".

The conference was an opportunity to discuss the conflicts between the Arab Maghreb countries and possible solutions to overcome them.

In this connection, Aamira Alaya Sghaier, a professor at the Higher Institute of History of Contemporary Tunisia, said that "AMU costs each member country annually 370 thousand dollars without any compensation."

The academic also mentioned the situation of paralysis affecting the components of the Maghreb union. According to him, "the non-Maghreb is expensive for the Maghreb, and deprives the five economies of the Union of 2 to 3 points of growth annually, in spite of their energetic, mining, agricultural and human resources".

For his part, Libyan researcher Khaled Ghouil considered "there will be no future for the Maghreb Union, as long as the Libyan crisis is not resolved and as long as no solution is found to put an end to the civil war raging in the Libyan territory ".

The conference attended by leaders and sympathisers of the Tunisia Project movement, addressed the blockade of the Maghreb union in its various demographic, economic and political facets, in the absence of influential personalities of the Maghreb landscape.

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