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Tunisia dismissed its ambassador to UN for “poor” performance

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Friday, Tunisia announced the dismissal of its delegate to the United Nations, Al-Munif Al-Ba’ati, from his duties, explaining its decision to “weak performance and lack of coordination” with it in matters it described as “important”.

And diplomatic sources at the United Nations said Thursday that an end to Al-Ba’ati’s duties had been put on the back of his position on a Palestinian draft resolution condemning the recently announced US peace plan.

And one of the sources said that Al-Ba’ati went further than the Tunisian authorities wanted in the Middle East file, and gave great support to the Palestinians threatening to spoil the relationship between Tunisia and the United States.

Suddenly, Tunisia recalled its delegate to the United Nations. Thursday did not participate in the meeting organized by the United States between the godfathers of its peace plan Jared Kushner and the Security Council.

And the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement published on its official Facebook page on Friday that the decision to exempt the permanent representative to the United Nations is due to “purely professional considerations related to poor performance and the absence of coordination and interaction with the ministry in important issues raised for discussion in the international community.”

The statement pointed out that “Tunisia’s non-permanent membership in the Security Council requires permanent consultation and prior coordination with the Ministry, in a manner consistent with Tunisia’s principled positions and preserving its interests.”

Since the beginning of January, Tunisia has held a seat on the United Nations Security Council for two years and represented the Arab countries.

Since the announcement of the US Middle East peace plan on January 28, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has redoubled his diplomatic initiatives to mobilize opposition to the project.

After receiving the support of the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Abbas is expected to participate in the African Union summit scheduled for Sunday and Monday, before heading to Tuesday to address the Security Council.

The Palestinians are seeking to present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council condemning the American plan.

Tunisia and Indonesia presented a draft resolution on Tuesday to be discussed Thursday among the 15 members of the Security Council, diplomats said.

The Tunisian president is known for his unwavering support for the Palestinian cause, and he described in previous statements the administration’s plan “the dark of the century.” “I repeat it, it is a great betrayal,” he said.

Moncef El-Ba’ati, an experienced diplomat and appreciated by his counterparts, was retired when he was summoned in 2019 to resume his activity and assumed the position of ambassador to the United Nations while Tunisia was on the Security Council.

Al-Ba’ati remained active in the diplomatic community while he retired as President of the “Tunisian United Nations Association”.

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