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U.S. Relations With Tunisia


Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Fact Sheet
August 22, 2013

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More information about Tunisia is available on the Tunisia Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. 

U.S.-TUNISIA RELATIONS

Tunisia is a strong partner of the United States and the U.S. Government is proud to support Tunisia in its transition to democracy. In this effort, one of the United States’ priorities is to help Tunisia provide a secure environment conducive to the development of democratic institutions and practices, and to economic growth. The United States also supports Tunisia as it lays the foundation for political stability and economic prosperity, including efforts to strengthen civil society, empower youth, support economic reform, and create jobs.

The United States was the first major power to recognize Tunisian sovereignty and established diplomatic relations with Tunisia in 1956 following its independence from France. On January 14, 2011, a popular revolution began a process of democratic transition that is still underway. A Constituent Assembly charged with drafting a new constitution was elected in October 2011 in elections that were considered to be free and fair. Tunisia now faces the challenges of strengthening the country’s nascent democratic institutions; facilitating constructive popular participation in the national political process; creating jobs, especially among college graduates; countering the threat of transnational terrorism and spillover from conflicts in neighboring countries; and managing increased demands on the national security forces.

U.S. Assistance to Tunisia

Since the January 2011 revolution, the U.S. has committed more than $350 million to support Tunisia’s transition. U.S. assistance to Tunisia focuses on an array of targeted areas that include ensuring and enhancing internal and external security, promoting democratic practices and good governance, and supporting sustainable economic growth. A fact sheet on U.S. assistance to Tunisia can be found here.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States strongly believes that private sector growth and economic opportunity are keys to Tunisia’s prosperity and long term stability. The United States and Tunisia signed a trade and investment framework agreement in 2002 and concluded a bilateral investment treaty and an agreement to avoid double taxation. The U.S. Government continues to support Tunisia's efforts to attract foreign investment. The best prospects for foreign investors interested in the Tunisian market are in the high-technology, energy, agribusiness, food processing, medical care and equipment, environmental, and tourism sectors.

Tunisia's Membership in International Organizations

Tunisia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Tunisia also is a member of the League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the African Union.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia is Jacob Walles; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Tunisia maintains an embassy in the United States at 1515 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005 (tel. 1-202-862-1850).

More information about Tunisia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Tunisia Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Tunisia Page
U.S. Embassy: Tunisia
USAID Tunisia Page
History of U.S. Relations With Tunisia
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Travel and Business Information



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