Canada The United States consolidates its military cooperation with Tunisia

10:25  01 october  2020
10:25  01 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Tunisia – United States relations are bilateral relations between Tunisia and the United States . According to a 2012 global opinion poll, 45% of Tunisians view the U . S . favorably. The United States has very good relations with Tunisia , which date back more than 200 years.

3. (SBU) The United States and Tunisia have 200 years of close ties and common interests, including advancing regional peace, combating terrorism, and building prosperity. Since independence, Tunisia deserves credit for its economic and social progress. Without the natural resources of its neighbors

Le secrétaire d'État à la Défense Mark Esper au cimetière américain de Carthage - 6500 soldats américains périrent ou disparurent dans la région pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale - le 30 septembre 2020. © (AP Photo / Hassene Dridi) Secretary of State for Defense Mark Esper at the American Cemetery in Carthage - 6,500 American soldiers perished or disappeared in the region during the World War II - September 30, 2020.

Mark Esper was Wednesday September 29 in Carthage as part of a tour of the Maghreb. Tunis welcomes the strengthening of already close ties with Washington as its American ally considers it since 2015 as a major non-NATO ally. This visit was the occasion for new commitments.

With our correspondent in Tunis, Michel Picard

At the American military cemetery of Carthage, Mark Esper paid tribute to the memory of his compatriots who fell during the Second World War. Previously, the US Secretary of State for Defense signed a military cooperation agreement for the next ten years. A long-term strategic commitment that consolidates and encourages military cooperation based primarily on the provision of counterterrorism equipment and the training of the army.

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The agreement has let the United States rotate its forces through Philippine military bases. It has allowed for about 300 joint exercises annually between the American and Philippine militaries , said R. Clarke Cooper, the assistant secretary of state for political- military affairs.

The United States is a strong ally in Tunisia in the fight against terrorist incursions from Algeria and from Libya. One of the major fears comes from the southern border where the Libyan conflict threatens to spill over its borders. The threat of regional instability associated with foreign interference on Libyan soil is taken very seriously and intelligence sharing is also on the roadmap for the next decade.

Washington has put its investment in the Tunisian army at a billion dollars since the fall of Ben Ali. The idea of ​​an American base in the south of the country, often mentioned, is not on the agenda. US soldiers are now participating in training Tunisian soldiers in their fight against terrorism, without, according to the two countries, taking part in the fighting. And in the north, an American squadron would have been authorized to exercise on the Tunisian base of Bizerte.

Beyond the region, the Pentagon is looking closely at Russian and Chinese activities on the continent where Africom, the United States' command for Africa, is stepping up cooperation and investments, seeking to find land there to establish or consolidate bases.

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Tunisia: A French World War I submarine discovered by divers .
The Ariane was torpedoed by a German submarine in 1917 © OZAN KOSE / AFP The wreck has been lying for a century off the coast of Cap Bon. HISTORY - The Ariane was torpedoed by a German submarine in 1917 Tunisian divers discovered the wreck of a French submarine dating from World War , the Ariane, resting since a century off the coast of Cap Bon, after being sunk by a German submarine in 1917.

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