Tunisia President plans White House visit next month

Friday 17/04/2015
US remains keen on preserving strategic relations with Tunisia

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi will meet in Washington next month to discuss security and economic issues following Tunisia's elections last year, the White House said in a statement on Monday.

The two leaders will meet May 21 at the White House, according to the statement.

The White House says President Barack Obama plans to underscore the US commitment to strengthening ties with Tunisia.

Tunisians overthrew their former dictator in 2011 and kicked off pro-democracy uprisings around the region in what became known as the Arab Spring.

The White House says Obama and Essebsi will also discuss regional developments, including the uprising in Libya and terrorist threats.

An attack last month at Tunisia's National Bardo Museum killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.