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Biden administration budget would slash Tunisia’s economic aid

The State Department’s latest budget calls for steep cuts to US economic aid to several countries in the Middle East while largely sustaining military aid.
Tunisian protesters raise placards and national flags.

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has proposed slashing US economic assistance to Tunisia next year while maintaining near-current levels of security aid, as President Kais Saied continues to restrict his country’s path to democratic governance.

The State Department’s fiscal year 2024 spending plan released last week seeks $68.3 million in overall bilateral aid for Tunisia, down from the $106 million requested for this year. Of that, the administration is proposing just $14.5 million in US economic support for Tunisia for the fiscal year that begins in October, down from the $45 million requested for this year.

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