U.S. Treasury, State officials to travel to Israel

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 11:09 AM
U.S. Treasury, State officials to travel to Israel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States deputy Treasury secretary and deputy secretary of State will travel to Israel, the West Bank and Tunisia next week to discuss diplomatic and economic relations, the Treasury Department said on Friday.

Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal Wolin and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides will meet with senior government officials and members of the business community in Israel and the West Bank on January 23-24.

The two U.S. officials will then travel to Tunisia on January25 to accelerate efforts to strengthen the country's economy and further support its democratic transition.

The Obama administration has promised to help the region since uprisings in Tunisia ended the dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali one year ago.

The meeting will focus on Tunisia's new government commitments to advance economic reforms, according to the Treasury.

(Reporting By Margaret Chadbourn; Editing by Dan Grebler)