U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that he would like to see Tunisia present a revised reform plan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Blinken pointed out that it is clear Tunisia needs additional assistance.
“We very much would welcome the Tunisian government presenting a revised reform plan to the IMF and for the IMF to be able to act on the plan presented, but these are sovereign decisions,” Blinken said
He added: “It’s clear that Tunisia needs additional assistance if it is going to avoid falling off the proverbial economic cliff.”
Tunisian President Kais Saied rejected “diktats” from the IMF, while the US highlighted that the birthplace of the Arab Spring is falling to authoritarianism after the dissolution of parliament and arrest of opposition leaders.
On Sunday, the European Union (EU) offered a €900-billion ($968-billion) aid package, provided that Tunisia reached an IMF deal.
The aid was led by Italy, which fears a rise in migration if Tunisia’s economy further falters.