US 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.
21 May, 2015 Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged to elevate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, a gesture that recognizes the country's democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The upgrade in status, shared by close […]
4 April, 2014 Obama: US to provide loan guarantees for Tunisia WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is providing $500 million in new assistance to Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring movement, to help the North African nation revive its faltering economy as it continues its march toward democracy and financial and political stability […]
4 September, 2015 Obama, Saudi King put warm gloss over differences US President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed Saudi Arabia's King Salman for a long-delayed first White House summit marked by warm public words, amid clashing views on Middle Eastern crises. Obama made the rare move of greeting the 79-year-old monarch at the doors of the White House, as […]
18 March, 2014 Obama, Abbas talks ‘difficult’: Palestinian negotiator US President Barack Obama and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas held "long" and "difficult" talks on the Middle East peace process and no document was presented by the US side, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Tuesday. Abbas was welcomed to the White House on Monday by Obama, who said […]
24 November, 2013 US risked Israeli ties in bid for security The Iran nuclear deal will raise US-Israeli tensions, yet Washington risked Israel's fury believing a global settlement will ensure security for both the US and the Middle East, analysts said Sunday. Just hours after the six powers guiding the talks with Iran announced a ground-breaking […]