The spokesman for Tunisia's presidency has called on Muslim clerics to stop inciting the country's youth to go to Syria and fight against the regime.

Adnan Mancer told journalists Friday that Syria needs political aid, not jihadists.

A letter submitted by Syria to the United Nations last month gave the names of 26 alleged foreign fighters arrested in Syria, of whom 19 were Tunisian.

Mancer admitted the situation was a delicate situation since Tunisia withdrew its ambassador from Syria and expelled his counterpart from Tunis back in February to protest the bloody crackdown on the opposition by Damascus.

Sadok Arfaoui of the Ministry of Religious affairs said there are around 100 rebel imams out of 4,700 flouting the official moderate line.