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Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa’s interview to CNN 

Published the:  25/09/2014

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- September 25,2014 -  Becky Anderson’s question:

 Twelve thousand foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria have experienced extremism. A large number of the militants come from Tunisia.  Mehdi Jomaa, Prime Minister  of Tunisia is joining us from Tunis, the capital of Tunisia.

 Mr. Obama was applauding Tunisian his speech earlier at the General Assembley for secular and Islamic parties working together through a political proce to provide a new constitution. But  what is motivating Tunisian young men to join the battlefield?

-         Prime Minister’s answer:

Thank you very much, Becky. It is a pleasure to be with you, and it is a good opportunity once again to speak to American people and all peoples from around the woeld.

I listened to mr President Obama’s speech. It remembered me the discussion I had with him when he invited me in April.

We agree of almost of the vision and principles told in Mr Obama’s speech about the region; and as you know, we have too many challenges to face in Tunisia, security, in particular, I think.

At that point of view and about combatants, it is a real problem in Tunisia where some of young people are sent and now present in Syria and Iraq. We started already to handle the problem, to check in it and that by forbidding travelling to that area; We succeeded in some way but we still need to collaborate with all countries, neighbor countries, the United States and Europe. And we are making a big progress.

-         Question:

What is about the resolution the Security Council is expected to adopt? the prohibition and for this regard, Mr. Obama said to the United Nations members they must take action to back this resolution, let’s listen to  Mr. Obama (*) So is it something Tunisia is already signing for?

-         Answer:

Yes, we have already succeeded in that and we have taken some measures. We tried to stop the travel of these combatants to those countries. And we somewhat in that but we need a good collaboration. We started exchanging and working on intelligence but we have to organize ourselves and to face that. What you think about Tunisia, it is really a phenomena that occurs in our country, it is a worldwide or a global one we should struggle and face, we have to join efforts. And for the capacity, we have to face that, we have to track the terrorists and dismantle the network. For that, it is a global work, a direct global one to handle.

There is no place for terrorism in Tunisia and we don’t like as well to see Tunisians participating in terrorist attacks or acts. We are not used to that and we dowant to stop that.

-         Question:

Tunisia is between Algeria and Libya, both countries experiencing terrorism, violence and extremism and they can feed in these countries in and out. Mr. Obama early saidISIS must be degraded and ultimately destroyed.

 Prime Minister, this would be a long and true process that could last for long months if not years, how likely is it? But the USA coalition air strikes including Arab countries that should take action, orit simply exacerbates this problem, (provide) recruiting tools for Djihadists?

-         Answer:

I think that we have to join our efforts and work with friendly countries. It is righto withstand and face the phenomena. But in the meantime, it is not enough because we have to win the war against terrorism from security side. As well; we have to prepare the most important; we have to uproot the causes of terrorism in order to win. You see, we aren’t used to this phenomena happening in Tunisia. It took advantage from the weakened State in post- revolution first years and especially from the young people problems and frustration. And if we want to face it and win the war, we have to prepare development, give hope and spread education; as well as security to win that war all together

-         Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister forjoining us.