Chargée d’Affaires Natasha Franceschi joined Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Dr. Celeste Wallander and Tunisian Minister of National Defense Imed Memmiche for the 35th U.S.-Tunisia Joint Military Commission which took place September 27-28, 2022 at USAFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Joint Military Commission reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Tunisia bilateral defense and security partnership. Participants discussed security cooperation, institutional capacity building, and Tunisia’s role as a regional security leader. Discussions also reflected on the success of recent joint military exercises in Tunisia such as Phoenix Express and African Lion, methods of strengthening border security and countering terrorist threats, and international challenges of mutual concern including the global consequences of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine.
The United States and Tunisia agreed to continue to work closely together to strengthen their bilateral strategic partnership and achieve mutual strategic interests in accordance with goals of the U.S-Tunisian Roadmap for Defense Cooperation.