the republic logo

Tunisia's new prime minister returns home from US visit with Obama, hails new American aid


TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia's new prime minister says the United States will provide security equipment and training for Tunisian forces and new loan guarantees to help the North African country stabilize and rebuild.

Mehdi Jomaa returned Sunday from a trip to Washington where he met with President Barack Obama. He told reporters at Tunis' airport that the countries planned to "intensify our cooperation in the fight against terrorism."

Jomaa said the United States also extended $500 million in new loan guarantees to Tunisia and lifted a State Department warning about traveling there. He called the measures "a strong message" that could reinforce investor confidence and stability in Tunisia.

Tunisia has faced sporadic violence and political instability since longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was driven into exile in January 2011.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.