Obama offers democratic Tunisia security pledge

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi in the Oval office at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2015US President Barack Obama offered Tunisia closer security ties Thursday, in a bid to ensure jihadists do not extinguish the brightest democratic light to emerge from the Arab Spring. Hosting President Beji Caid Essebsi at the White House, Obama declared Tunisia a "non-NATO ally," which would allow for enhanced military cooperation and the transfer of advanced weapons. "I want the president and the people of Tunisia to know that the United States believes in Tunisia," Obama said in the Oval Office.

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