U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui at the State Department in Washington on Monday (March 13).
The North African country’s stability as well as regional security, were expected to top discussions between Tillerson and Jhinaoui.
Since its pro-democracy uprising in 2011, Tunisia has been backed by foreign partners and multilateral lenders keen to see the new democracy succeed. But economic reforms have lagged behind political changes.
As part of a deal with the the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to keep Tunisia from economic collapse, the government has pledged cut up to 10,000 public sector jobs this year.