Today, the United States and Tunisia launched the first-ever U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue. The Dialogue focused on areas in which the United States and Tunisia can expand their relationship to address challenges facing Tunisia: economy and investment, security, and governance and partnerships. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Monji Hamdi headed the respective delegations.
Both countries engaged in wide-ranging discussions that covered both bilateral and regional issues, including Tunisia’s historic democratic transition and its most recent successes in the ratification of the constitution and the formation of a new government. The United States also reaffirmed its support for fostering a safe and secure environment that is conducive to political stability, security and economic prosperity and that strengthens civil society, empowers youth, and solidifies the foundations of democracy.
The Strategic Dialogue illustrates the commitment of the United States and Tunisia to advance shared interests in a secure, stable, and prosperous Tunisia, and to further the strong friendship between the people of the United States and Tunisia. The United States and Tunisia look forward to a future session of the Strategic Dialogue to be held in Tunis in 2015 and to further strengthening our bilateral partnership.