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Fact Sheet on U.S. Military and Political Assistance for Tunisia
April 2012
  • The United States became the first major power to recognize Tunisian independence on May 17, 1956.
  • In January 2011, President Obama congratulated Tunisia and offered his support in his 2011 and 2012 State of the Union Addresses.
  • Tunisia has been a long standing strategic ally of the United States and the U.S. has supported the Tunisian military since its independence with education, equipment and training opportunities.
  • The total amount of U.S. military assistance to Tunisia since the revolution has been roughly $32 million, almost double the amount immediately prior to the revolution.
  • U.S. origin military equipment comprises approximately 70% of the Tunisian military’s inventory
  • Tunisia has been one of the top twenty recipients of U.S. International Military Education and Training (IMET) Funding since 1994 and since 2003 has ranked tenth in overall funding. Tunisia is the top IMET recipient in Africa. Over 4,600 Tunisian military personnel have trained in U.S. institutions since its independence.
  • Tunisia is one of the few countries in the world that has cadets in all United States military academies, plus the Coast Guard academy.
  • United States Foreign Military Sales agreements to Tunisia since 1956 have totaled over $780 million while Foreign Military Financing has totaled over $660 million. The U.S. has provided over $890 million of grant military financing and excess military equipment to Tunisia since its independence.