Tunisia’s PM to attend Sisi’s inauguration
Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi - RUTERS

CAIRO: Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi is scheduled to attend the inauguration of President-Elect Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s Sunday, reported Agence Tunis Afrique Press (TAP).

The Tunisian Presidency was invited by Egypt to attend the ceremony, an official from the Tunisian presidency office told the TAP.

The Tunisian Embassy in Cairo confirmed in remarks to The Cairo Post on Thursday morning that Egypt already issued an invitation to Tunisia, denying media reports that Tunisia had been snubbed.

Sky News Arabia reported Wednesday evening that Egypt had invited 22 countries to the inauguration ceremony, and had excluded Tunisia, Qatar, Israel, and Turkey, due to “hostile stances” toward Egypt.

After the events of June 30 and the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, relations between Cairo and Tunis, which is ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood, have chilled.

The former administration of the Interim government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group on Dec. 25, 2013 a day after bombing targeted a security directorate in Dakahlia governorate (Delta), leaving 15 killed and more than 130 injured.

The High Presidential Election Commission announced Sisi the winner of the presidential elections Tuesday, with 96.91 percent of valid votes. His rival Hamdeen Sabbahi received 3.09 percent of votes.

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