Tunis (UNA-OIC) – Tunisian President Kais Saied met here on Wednesday with US Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander Gen. Stephen Townsend.
According to an AFRICOM statement, Townsend traveled to Tunisia to meet with key Tunisian leadership, including President Kais Saied and Tunisian Minister of Defense Ibrahim Bartagi. US Ambassador to Tunisia Donald Blome also participated in the meetings.
In his discussions with President Saied, Townsend focused on US partnership with Tunisia, as well as shared concerns over regional stability and the desire to degrade violent extremist organizations.
“Tunisia is a critical partner to the United States and a major non-NATO ally. We share mutual security concerns, common threats and a commitment to enhancing regional security and stability,” Townsend said following the meeting.
In meetings with Tunisian Minister of Defense Ibrahim Bartagi, Townsend and Blome discussed the US-Tunisian partnership and efforts to enhance security and stability within Tunisia and the region.