Assistant Secretary Feltman Visits Tunisia, Shows Support for Free, Fair and Inclusive Elections

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 27, 2011

Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman traveled to Tunisia, January 24-26. During his visit, he met with government officials, political party leaders, and civil society advocates in order to convey U.S. support for the Tunisian people.

On January 26, Assistant Secretary Feltman met with reporters in Tunis. He said, "The United States stands with the people of Tunisia. This is an exciting and unprecedented moment in Tunisia's history. With great challenges but also great opportunities for the Tunisian people to chart their own course. And Tunisians, with us, have been clear: for that to happen Tunisia needs free, fair and inclusive elections that usher in a new government and a new system. But clearly there needs to be careful preparations for elections. And we urge all parties to use this interim period to prepare for these elections and to shape their vision for this country's future. The United States, and the international community, stand ready to assist as appropriate and as requested.""There are a heck of a lot of challenges that Tunisia faces right now. Of course expectations are very high. Look at what you have achieved already. This would have been almost unimaginable just a few weeks ago. So I know that the expectations in terms of economic progress, in terms of investment in terms of job creation, in terms of getting to these free and fair elections, the expectations are very high.

"Yesterday, when Ambassador Gray and I went to our ministerial meetings downtown, we went through the demonstrations and I find that a symbol of the new Tunisia that people are able to exercise their right to peaceful assembly. I don't think any of us should be frightened by the thought of peaceful assembly. It's a right that we recognize around the world. What happened in Tunisia strikes me as uniquely Tunisian. That the events that took place here over the past few weeks particularly Tunisian grievances, from Tunisian circumstances by the Tunisian people. But the challenges that are faced here are in some cases shared."

You can read the Assistant Secretary's complete interview here.



California, USA
January 28, 2011

Helmi in California writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton, The Egyptian government has cut off internet and short messaging services in efforts to isolate the people, which makes it very likely that violence of massive proportions will take place in tomorrow’s protests. We strongly call on you to unequivocally condemn the actions of the Egyptian government. Failing to condemn the actions of the government and to pressure them to return internet and phone service is not a matter of supporting U.S national security, but is a matter of being a potential accomplice to crimes against humanity.

South Korea
January 28, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:


i`m never been there but my opinion is Tunisia is a reform that is required, but the economic problems are still the most important issues, and unemployment - if not Europe's economic crisis continues, the French? Tunisia's (economic) crisis did not start to think. Achieved good results, bet the crisis, but a new Cabinet to draw the attention of the American people, if it fails, another rebellion? Think there is likely to occur. Although generalizations, almost common and unavoidable reality, I think. Belts, with foreign support, and a little exaggeration to think that the economic stabilization policies are needed.

"Grassroots democracy" is important, but "grassroots economic independence movement" to reform and develop the consciousness of the people, while democracy and capitalism, the concept of definite settlement, so that external support to be ready for that now think it is important. Ignoring the traditions of Islamic countries, a very strong western style policies in place, you will lose this great chance to possibly be shown by the possibility of Islamic suicide note I think. - Anyway, economic development, the back would have to cling to the traditional one, but the Islamic terrorist suicide note in conjunction with the thousands of years ago, unlike other regions, support policies, such as a shadow at first, is considered stable.

And Egypt - is considered attractive. Vast territory and large population, buffer areas between Africa and the Middle East yimyeonseo, As far as my interest in economic issues rather than religion, ideology, and where a lot of passion in the youth class, I think. Intensive national training base for hagieneun a good place to think. Appears as an effective investment.,,, Britain's influence is still strong and I think that the UK is interested.

However, starting from Tunisia, Egypt is considered as a good way to go. Represent a very unpleasant, but anywhere in the test bed is considered a necessary evil.

They would not know, but I think what needs to be inspired. Very powerful and continuous ...

And saw the story, everyone knows the story was typical.

To summarize briefly, "grassroots economic independence movement" is needed, I think. Reforms, including awareness / / /

Thank You.

bit too embarrassed. Because the story is too stupid

West Virginia, USA
January 28, 2011

Pam in West Virginia writes:

We commend the people of Tunisia on their elections.

West Virginia, USA
January 28, 2011

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

Will we do the same for Egypt if Mubarak steps down? We've been very strong supporters of Egypt.


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