U.S. aid for Tunisia's military, development sectors up 30 pct in a year

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-18 10:26:30|Editor: Lifang
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TUNIS, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The United States increased aid to Tunisia's military and development sectors by 30 percent between 2016 and 2017, to 205.4 million U.S. dollars, visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said Friday.

After meeting with Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Sullivan said his country "recognizes the efforts made by Tunisia to revive its economy and improve the business climate." He encouraged U.S. businessmen to invest in this North African and Mediterranean country.

He also discussed with Chahed various reforms undertaken by Tunisian authorities.

According to Sullivan, the United States has given Tunisia credits with a value of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars since 2011. He said "Tunisia could benefit from a fourth credit," which is now in the study phase.

Earlier Friday, Sullivan was received by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi before co-chairing a meeting with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemais Jhinaoui. He and the Tunisian president spoke about the common will to fight terrorism.