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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with President Caid Essebsi of Tunisia

President Obama called President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia today to congratulate him on his victory in Tunisia’s first presidential election under its new constitution.  The President commended Tunisians for the spirit of peaceful compromise that has prevailed throughout their historic democratic transition of the last four years.  He underscored the United States’ intent to continue strengthening and expanding our strategic partnership with Tunisia and emphasized our readiness to assist the incoming government as it works to meet all Tunisians’ aspirations for security and economic opportunity.  The two leaders affirmed their desire for continued close cooperation and President Obama invited President Caid Essebsi to visit Washington to continue their discussion at a mutually agreeable date.