Tunisian Minister Sacked after Criticizing Saudi Arabia's Links to Terrorism

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tunisia's religious affairs minister was fired Friday for "attacking the foundations of diplomacy" after he publicly suggested Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism had links to terrorism.

Tunisian Minister Sacked after Criticizing Saudi Arabia's Links to Terrorism

A government statement said Prime Minister Youssef Chahed had relieved Abdeljalil Ben Salem of his duties due to his "attack" on Tunisia's diplomatic principles.

On Thursday Ben Salem confirmed during a parliament session that he had "dared" to question Riyadh's ambassador to Tunis, as well as the secretary general of Arab interior ministers -- a Saudi national -- about Saudi Wahhabism being a "vehicle for terrorism".

"I say to Saudis... reform your school because terrorism has historically come from it. I say this to you with love and modesty," the minister said, according to AFP.

Ben Salem tried to row back from his comments, issuing a statement saying that Tunisia's relations with the kingdom were "completely harmonious".

Tunisia has witnessed a series of extremist attacks since the popular uprising of 2011, including deadly attacks on foreign tourists in 2015.

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