The two leaders discussed matters of mutual importance and the importance of the U.S.-Tunisian defense partnership, as well as Tunisia’s security situation and counterterrorism assistance, the release said.
Bob Work committed to continuing to grow a military relationship with Tunisia, according to the release.
Both leaders stated that they look forward to working together well into the future, the release said.
Tunisia’s Minister of Defense is visiting Washington, D.C., to attend the 30th U.S.-Tunisian Military Commission, which deepens cooperation and addresses common security challenges, according to the release.
The White House Press Office said the United States and Tunisia have enjoyed a strong diplomatic relationship for more than 200 years. In 1799, the United States concluded its first agreement of friendship and trade with Tunisia, establishing the first American consulate in Tunis in 1800. Since that time, Tunisia and the United States have continued to foster growing ties of cooperation.
The United States remains committed to supporting Tunisia’s democratic path, one that strengthens civil society, empowers women and youth, advances economic reforms, solidifies the foundations of citizen participation in government, and bolsters security. This year, President Obama is working with Congress to provide at least $100 million in assistance to Tunisia, which would bring total U.S. support since the 2011 revolution to nearly $700 million.
On May 20, representatives of the United States of America and Tunisia signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the common bonds and shared values of long-standing friendship between Tunisia and the United States and recognizing Tunisia's historic democratic transition. The document noted a range of cooperative activities between the two countries.
U.S. support has also helped the Tunisian government establish an inter-ministerial Counterterrorism Fusion Center. Other programs cover capacity building to enhance border security, law enforcement, intelligence, and effective counterterrorism practices in the criminal justice sector.
In addition to U.S. assistance, the Foreign Military Sales program facilitated the purchase of eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters by Tunisia to build its capacity to deter regional threats, strengthen defensive capabilities, as well as to support counterterrorism operations.
Source: U.S. DoD; The White House