Tunisia Online (Tunis)

21 February 2011

Tunisia: PM Receives U.S. Senators Mccain and Lieberman

Tunis — Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi received on Monday visiting US Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman.

At the end of the meeting, republican Senator John McCain said to TAP news agency that the US Government and Congress had promised to support Tunisia in this important transition time.

The talks with the Prime Minister "have been very fruitful and allowed to have a better idea of the support the US might provide to Tunisia in this transitional period", he affirmed.

Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman declared in turn that the Congress delegation, the first to visit Tunisia for more than one year, had come to express the US support to the process of democratic transition in Tunisia, "This revolution for democracy, which is now extending to the Arab World, has started here in Tunisia", he said, affirming that the US "will do its utmost to ensure its success". He went on saying: "the sovereign choice is for the Tunisian people", stressing that "The US people are ready to offer every support".

The meeting was attended by the Secretary of State to Foreign Affairs and the US Ambassador in Tunis.

Senator McCain (Arizona, Repulican) stood for the presidential election of 2008 against current President Barack Obama. Joseph Lieberman (Connecticut) is a democrat who became independent. He ran for the post of US Vice President in 2000.

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