World Bulletin / News Desk
Prominent Tunisian leader Rachid Ghannouchi on Monday dismissed claims that he had pledged to set up a U.S. airbase and an Israeli liaison office in southeastern Tunisia in 2012.
"This news is groundless and fabricated," Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda movement, said in a statement released by his office.
A London-based website had earlier claimed that Ghannouchi had pledged in 2012 to establish a U.S. military airbase and an Israeli liaison office in Tunisia's southeastern Tataouine province.
According to the website, Ghannouchi had made the pledge after Ennahda won most of the seats in Tunisia's Constituent Assembly in 2011.
Citing sources, the website said that U.S. Senator John McCain had discussed the issue with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi during a recent visit to the country earlier this month, but that the latter had turned down the proposal.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Şubat 2015, 11:08