Tunisia slams Britain's evacuation of tourists

2015-07-10 13:05
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London - Tunisia criticised Britain's decision to urge tourists to leave the country after last month's deadly terrorist attack, saying the damaging of the tourism industry was "what the terrorists want".

Prime Minister Habib Essid said he planned to speak to his British counterpart, David Cameron, Friday to explain Tunisia's efforts to protect British citizens since the June 26 shootings that killed 38 people, including 30 British citizens, in the resort city of Sousse.

"The British decision will have repercussions for other countries," which could also advise tourists not to visit Tunisia, Essid told parliament late Thursday.

"Tunisia will co-operate in evacuating Britons and will protect whoever wants to stay on," he said.

Nabil Ammar, the Tunisian ambassador to London, told the BBC that the evacuation was "what the terrorists want".

"By damaging tourism, by having foreigners leaving the country, they damage the whole sector and put so many people out of work and on the streets," Ammar said.

"One of the sources of terrorism is lack of hope," he said.

Britain's foreign ministry said late Thursday that all tourists should leave Tunisia as soon as possible because it believed "a further terrorist attack is highly likely".

About 3 000 British citizens are expected to leave Tunisia in the next few days, according to British media reports.

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