Washington D.C., January 28, 2014—Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-Florida) co-chairs of the Congressional Tunisia Caucus, released a joint statement on the Tunisian government’s official adoption of the country’s new constitution:
Congressman David Schweikert: “Tunisia’s new constitution, which reflects freedom of conscience and belief, and equality between the sexes, stands as a model for the region. I hope this day is remembered in stark contradiction to the violence and turmoil that befell North Africa and the Middle East following uprisings in 2011.
“While there is more work to be done in strengthening Tunisia’s newly minted democracy, today marks a promising step and I look forward to working with the Tunisian Government and to strengthen U.S. – Tunisian relations.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings: “After two long years of negotiations, I applaud Tunisia’s political leaders for working to adopt a constitution that reflects a critical commitment to the freedom of belief and protection of minority rights. Tunisia continues to be a great friend to the United States, and I am proud to support this partnership as Co-Chair of the Congressional Tunisia Caucus during this momentous period of transition.”
Congressman David Schweikert and Congressman Alcee L. Hastings registered the Congressional Tunisian Caucus in the Summer of 2013. Since its inception, the Caucus has worked to inform policy makers of the democratic transition in Tunisia, while strengthening bilateral relations between the United States and Tunisia.
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