7 December 2013

Tunisia: Prime Ministry Denies Plans to Create U.S. Military Base in Tunisia

Tunis — The Prime Ministry denied on Friday plans to create a U.S. military base in Tunisia.

The press service of the Prime Ministry recalls in a statement that at no time the question of establishing a military base in Tunisia was raised during a recent meeting between General David M. Rodriguez, Commander of the U.S. Africom and the Prime Minister, in the presence of the U.S. Ambassador in Tunis.

"Tunisia has long maintained friendly relations with the United States. These relations which date back to many years are marked by fruitful co-operation, in many areas, particularly political, economic, cultural and military," said the same source.

The visit paid to Tunisia by General Rodriguez last November 20 was part of co-operation between Tunisia and Africom, it is recalled.

This denial follows the publication in "Jeune Afrique" of an article entitled "Tunisie: où en est la base américaine?"

In this article posted on the web site of the magazine last November 29 and updated on December 6, the author argues that the US Africom will establish a military base in Remada, referring to sources "close to the Prime Minister's office."

The article was followed by a denial from the National Defence Ministry where we can read: "the different information on the presence of a military base under construction in Remada are baseless.

The National Defence Ministry thus denies categorically any such plans. The recent visit of Commander of US Africom General David M. Rodriguez to Tunisia had nothing to do with that project."

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