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Tunisian Minister Fired After Criticism of Saudi Wahhabism

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Tunisia’s Religious Affairs Minister Abdeljalil Salem was fired Friday for violating diplomatic rules after he criticized the Saudi school of Islam, the Tunisian government said in a statement cited by local media.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal (R), US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Hamad Al-Sabah speak prior to their group photo with other Gulf counetrparts during their meeting in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, on March 31, 2012 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Speaking in parliament on Thursday, Salem slammed Saudi Wahhabism for the rise in extremism and terrorism and said he had asked the Saudi ambassador for "reforms," according to the TAP news agency.

The Tunisian outlet said Prime Minister Youssef Chahed deemed the minister’s remarks to be in breach of Tunisian diplomacy and relieved him of his duties.

The Tunisian Ministry of Religious Affairs released a statement late Thursday assuring Saudi Arabia their bilateral relations were based on harmony and cooperation.

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