Tunisia: Abdessalem-Clinton Telephone Conversation

Tunis — Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem reiterated Saturday in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart Hillary Clinton Tunisia's condemnation of the acts of vandalism and violence which took place Friday in the vicinity of the American Embassy as well as at the American School in Tunis.

The Minister asserted to his American opposite number that the Tunisian security forces, who managed to contain this irresponsible infringement, are perfectly capable of carrying on the protection of the American Embassy and all the diplomatic missions in Tunisia and guaranteeing the security of their employees, indicates Sunday a communiqué of the Foreign Ministry.

Mr. Abdessalem presented anew Tunisia's condolences for the death of the US Ambassador and three other American diplomats in Benghazi.

Mrs. Clinton commended the efforts exerted by the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister to bring the situation under control, reads the communiqué.

The American Secretary of State affirmed the U.S. Administration commitment to carry on supporting the democratic transition process in Tunisia, underlining that "a small group of persons could not hamper this process."

Both Ministers agreed for further consultations during a meeting scheduled late September in New York, on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly.

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