18 February 2014

Tunisia: Kerry Pledges Support to Tunisia

Carthage — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during a talk, on Tuesday in Tunis, with President Moncef Marzouki "We are very impressed by the steps that you have been taking, by the rational thoughtful approach to the transition."

He praised Tunisia as a model in the region, affirming his country's full support to Tunisia, in view of the requirements of the stage.

For his part, President Marzouki stressed the importance of developing economic and trade exchanges between Tunisia and the U.S. to "raise them to the level of a real partnership."

The talk focused on means to boost Tunisian-U.S. co-operation in the various fields, notably in matters of fight against terrorism and economic exchanges, and step up partnership in service of mutual interest," a Presidency communiqué reads.

The meeting also turned on the steps made by Tunisia on the path of transition process and its success to adopt a consensual Constitution, that will help lay the foundations of a real democracy in all the region, pending the organisation of pluralist and transparent elections, according to the same source.

Some regional issues of mutual interest as the resurgence of terrorism and means to fight it were also discussed, the communiqué adds.

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