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Mohamed, Tunisian leader talk bilateral ties, COVID-19

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ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, during a phone call on Wednesday exchanged Eid Al Adha greetings with the President of Tunisia, Kais Saied

Sheikh Mohamed conveyed UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Eid Al Adha greetings to the Tunisian president.

Sheikh Mohamed wished Kais Saied and the Tunisian people good health, happiness, progress and prosperity.

Both leaders discussed ways to boost bilateral relations various fields that serve the mutual interests of the two countries and their people.

They also discussed COVID-19 pandemic and its latest developmen­ts at various humanitari­an, health and social levels, and the importance of cooperatio­n and coordinati­on between countries of the world to address it and contain its effects.

Tunisia’s president has ordered the military on Wednesday to take over managing the national COVID-19 pandemic response, as the country fights one of Africa’s worst outbreaks.

The military health service will be assigned the task, Kais Saied announced on regional TV network Al Arabiya.

Soldiers and military medics are already carrying out vaccinatio­ns in remote parts of Tunisia.

On Tuesday, military trucks transporte­d oxygen to regions in the center and northwest of the country where hospitals are suffering shortages.

Meanwhile, an interim health minister on Wednesday replaced the health minister who was fired over his surprise decision to open vaccinatio­n centers to all adults for the first time this week during the Muslim holiday Eid al-adha.

Authoritie­s were unprepared for the decision, which prompted confusion and chaos as crowds massed at vaccinatio­n centers. The president called it a “crime” to encourage large groups to gather while the government is trying to limit the spread of the virus.

Eid Al Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” is typically marked by communal prayers, large social gatherings, slaughteri­ng of livestock and distributi­ng meat to the needy.

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