Tunisian Interior Minister Fekih then turned to international NGOs, accusing them of manipulating the migration dossier to serve the interests of Europeans
There Tunisia cannot in any way act like a gendarme whose mission is to protect other people’s borders. It can only defend its borders, its own borders. This was stated by the Tunisian Interior Minister, Kamel Fekih.
In a statement posted on the ministry’s Facebook account, Fekih spoke of irregular migration as an issue that requires mutual sacrifices and concessions from the world’s richest countries. The minister then turned to international NGOs, accusing them of manipulating the migration dossier to serve the interests of Europeans, reiterating the firm position of his country which – he said – aims to exclusively defend its own borders and is concerned with applying its internal laws .
Tunisia, he added, is a state that cannot welcome massive flows of irregular migrants beyond its social and financial capabilities, nor can it act as a host country. The minister concluded by underlining how any effective policy on the topic necessarily requires a broad consensus at a global level on radical solutions that offer the requirements of a dignified life to the citizens of sub-Saharan countries.