McCain Says Tunisia a Model for Region

Washington has offered “Tunisia help in shoring up security following its ‘model’ revolution, U.S. Senator John McCain said Monday,” Reuters reports.

A popular uprising in the North African state last month ended President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s 23 years of rule, sending shock waves through the Arab world and inspiring further revolts, one of which toppled Egypt’s president 10 days ago.

“The revolution in Tunisia has been very successful and it has become a model for the region,” McCain, the leading Republican on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, told Reuters after meetings with Tunisian government officials.

“We stand ready to provide training to help Tunisia’s military to provide security,” he said.

Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) on Libya:

U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, traveling with McCain, said the situation in Libya was “tragic.”

“The Tunisian military played a constructive role (…) but the military in Libya has been against the people,” Lieberman told Reuters. “That is unacceptable.”

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