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Readout of Secretary Mattis' Meeting With Prime Minister of Tunisia

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed at the Pentagon today. Secretary Mattis lauded Tunisia for its leadership in promoting regional security and stability in Northern Africa and expressed his desire for greater defense cooperation in the future.

The two leaders discussed the importance of the U.S.-Tunisian defense partnership, Tunisia's security situation, and counterterrorism assistance. Both leaders noted the progress and significance of military training, intelligence sharing and defense cooperation.

Prime Minister Chahed thanked the United States for ongoing security cooperation programs, and the Secretary affirmed the strong U.S. commitment for continued support to Tunisia.