Tunisia’s president on Thursday reiterated his country’s support of Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).

Kais Saied said in a phone call with the head of the GNA Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, that any statement that “contradicts the official Tunisian position should not disturb the strong and profound relations between the two brotherly countries,” according to a statement by al-Sarraj’s office.

Saied’s remarks came after Tunisian Defense Minister Imed Hazgui on Sunday described GNA forces as “militias” in an interview on private Tunisian broadcaster Hannibal TV.

Saied reiterated Tunisia’s support for the GNA, “the only legitimate government in

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