Remarks Following Meeting With Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi

William J. Burns
Under Secretary for Political Affairs 
Tunis, Tunisia
June 27, 2011

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UNDER SECRETARY  BURNS: I very much appreciate the hospitality of the prime minister with whom I just had an excellent conversation about Tunisia's transition and about the shred challenges that we face in this region.

UNDER SECRETARY  BURNS: We, working with our partners in the international community, are determined to keep up the pressure because we're convinced that the only stable future for Libya lies in the departure of Mr. Gaddafi and giving Libyans the chance to build the sort of future that they deserve.

UNDER SECRETARY  BURNS: Our assistance since the revolution has amounted to something like 30 million dollars which is fifteen times what our assistance program was before the revolution and that's aimed in large part at supporting the transition.

UNDER SECRETARY  BURNS: Tunisia began this wave of revolutions, these democratic transitions. It takes on a special significance and its success as a kind of exemplar for the rest of the region adds to the importance and adds to our stake in the success of Tunisia's transition.