Last updateMar, 27 Jan 2015 10pm

US Secretary of State reassures Tunisia on terrorism

Tunis, Tunisia - The United States will support the ongoing efforts by the Tunisian government to combat terrorism, Secretary of State John Kerry reassured here Tuesday. Mr. Kerry however denied claims that the US plans to establish a military base in the North African country.

Speaking during a press conference at the end of a meeting with the Tunisia's interim Prime Minister Mahdi Jomaa here, the top US diplomat announced the donation, to the Tunisian Home Affairs Ministry, of two cars, one equipped with all necessary facilities to fight terrorist crimes and another with forensic laboratory for scientific analysis that will help in tracking criminals.

He said the US would give also US$100 million in financial aid to Tunisia as budget support, in addition to supporting the African nation in the area of Information and Communication Technology with a grant of US$20 million.

Mr. Kerry said another US$30 million would be provided by the US government to support Tunisia's political reform.

He however said the US had not supplied the Tunisian Home Affairs Ministry with weapons, contrary to speculations.

Pana 20/02/2014