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Erdogan, Essebsi discuss recent Tunisia protests on phone

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held phone talks Thursday with Tunisian leaders about protests over rising living costs in the North African country as well as bilateral ties, according to presidential sources.

During the conversations with President Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Erdogan emphasized his belief that Tunisia would overcome its problems when it stands united, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Protests have hit several areas of Tunisia in recent days over price hikes and tax increases.

The government is defending the measures as necessary to limit a budget deficit that hit 6 per cent of the country’s GDP (gross domestic product).

Conveying his thanks for the hospitality during his last visit to Tunisia, Erdogan also underscored that the country’s gains following the Jasmine Revolution should not be harmed.

Tunisia was the last stop on Erdogan’s three-nation African tour including Sudan and Chad in December.

The three leaders also voiced their resolve to further improve bilateral ties in every area.

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