Tunisia fires envoy to UN, reportedly over Trump plan

2020-02-07 21:00
US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AFP)

US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AFP)

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Tunisia fired its ambassador to the UN on Friday accusing him of failing to consult the ministry on key issues that diplomatic sources said included Washington's controversial Middle East peace plan.

"Tunisia's ambassador to the United Nations has been dismissed for purely professional reasons concerning his weak performance and lack of coordination with the ministry on important matters under discussion at the UN," a foreign ministry statement said.

Diplomatic sources said that ambassador Moncef Baati, who has sat on the UN Security Council since the start of the year, had gone further than President Kais Saied wanted in his criticism of US President Donald Trump's long-delayed peace plan.

Saied, a political outsider who only took office in November after an upset election victory, was concerned that Baati's expressions of support for the Palestinians risked damaging Tunisia's relations with the United States, the sources said.

Baati's swift recall to Tunis meant that he missed a close-door briefing of the Security Council on Thursday by the plan's architect, Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

After the briefing, Kushner blamed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas for a spike in violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories since the unveiling of the plan on January 28.

"He calls for days of rage in response and he said that even before he saw the plan," Kushner told reporters in New York.

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