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Chahed in Washington: drop in US security and economic aid to Tunisia could send negative message to terrorist organisations on readiness of security forces

Published the:  10/07/2017

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(TAP Correspondent/Hassène khiari) – The President of the Government Youssef Chahed stressed Monday in Washington the consideration that the United States devotes to the Tunisian experience in the fight against terrorism and corruption.

"Tunisia is at the forefront of the countries fighting terrorism, which is the target as an emerging democracy," he said in a press statement given on the sidelines of the working visit he is paying from 10 to 12 July in Washington.

Referring to US interest in the situation in Libya and on the initiative of President Béji Caïd Essebsi for a comprehensive political settlement of the Libyan crisis, Chahed said he urged US officials on the preponderant role of Tunisia as an essential strategic ally on this issue, thanks to the good diplomatic relations that it maintains with all the countries.

"Any downward revision of US security and economic aid to Tunisia may send a negative message to terrorist organisations as to the capabilities and readiness of the Tunisian security and military forces," Chahed said.

The trip to Washington, the first of Youssef Chahed as The President of the Government comes at a time when the new budget of the Trump administration for the financial year 2018 provides a significant reduction in military and economic aid to Tunisia.

The President of the Government, who had met in the US Treasury Department with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, stressed the department's special attention to the young Tunisian democratic experience and its readiness to support Tunisia.

According to Youssef Chahed, the US Treasury Department seems convinced of the need to help Tunisia to carry on its democratic transition process and thus position itself in the advanced democratic countries