Obama says to designate Tunisia a major non-NATO ally

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Posted: May 21, 2015 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he plans to designate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States,

recognizing the country's democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.

After a meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, where the leaders discussed instability in Libya and the region, Obama said the United States will provide short-term aid so Tunisia can complete economic reforms.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason; Editing by Susan Heavey)