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HRH Prince Moulay Rachid Represents HM the king at Funeral of President Beji Caid Essebsi

HRH Prince Moulay Rachid Represents HM the king at Funeral of President Beji Caid Essebsi

His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid represented HM King Mohammed VI at the funeral of Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi, which took place on Saturday in the Independence Hall at Carthage Palace in Tunis.

On this occasion, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid expressed his condolences to Tunisia's interim president, Mohammed Ennaceur, head of government, Youssef Chahed and members of the family of late Beji Caid Essebsi.

The funeral was attended by several heads of State and government, including King Felipe VI of Spain, Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, presidents of France, Emmanuel Macron, Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Malta, George Vella, Libyan head of government of national unity, Fayez Al-Sarraj and the secretaries-general of the Arab League, Ahmed Abou Gheit and the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), Taieb Bakkouch.

This ceremony was marked by the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran for the repose of the soul of the late president, who died on Thursday at the age of 93.

In his eulogy, the Tunisian interim president paid a vibrant tribute to Beji Caid Essebsi, deploring the "death of a friend and a comrade in struggle".

He particularly highlighted the commitment of the late Caid Essebsi to enshrining the culture of dialogue and consensus, calling him "the architect of national consensus".

For his part, the French president stressed that France supports the Tunisian people at this time of mourning, expressing his admiration for the dignity, strength and serenity that have marked the Tunisian people in recent days.

HM King Mohammed VI had sent a message of condolences to speaker of the Assembly of the Representatives of Tunisian People (Parliament) Mohamed Ennaceur, in which the Sovereign expressed His heartfelt condolences and sincere feelings of compassion following "the demise of one of the great men of Tunisia who devoted his life to serving his country and contributed with selflessness and devotion to the building of the modern state".

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