Tunis/Tunisia — The National Army is a school that teaches the sense of duty and sacrifice not only to its members but also to all citizens, stated Thursday President of the Republic Kais Saied, commending the efforts exerted by the military forces at home and abroad.
Taking the floor during a ceremony held at the Carthage Palace to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the creation of the National Army, he assured that programs and strategies are being implemented to meet the pressing needs of the armed forces.
He pointed out the National Army's interventions in various fields, saying that the military institution's members have sacrificed their lives to defend the homeland and bravely fight against terrorists.
The Head of State recalled the armed forces' participation in efforts to combat COVID-19 by crossing nearly 60,000 km to ensure the return of Tunisians stranded in several countries and the acquisition of equipment and medicines.
He also recalled the efforts exerted by the military institution to set up field hospitals, protect public property and State institutions and ensure security during the elections and national exams.
In another connection, Saied pointed out that Tunisia, which defends peace and security in the world, has contributed, under the United Nations' aegis, to several peace-keeping missions in several countries including Mali and the Central African Republic.
He laid emphasis on Tunisia's sovereignty over its airspace, territory and territorial waters. A sovereignty that does not yield to any blackmail, he insisted.
There will be no transit points or bases for foreign forces on Tunisian territory, he stressed.
Kais Saied decorated several army officers and was presented with the torch to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the army.
The ceremony was attended by Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, Defence Minister Brahim Bertégi and members of the Superior Council of the Armed Forces.