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Kerry makes surprise stop in Tunisia

TUNIS — Secretary of State John Kerry visited Tunisia on Tuesday in a gesture of support for its struggle to establish a democratic system.

“We thought it was important to come to this country, which is struggling with this transition, in order to lend our support,” Kerry said after meeting with Tunisia’s caretaker prime minister and its president.

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Although Kerry came to Tunisia to support its democratic transition, security appears to have been an important item on the agenda.

Kerry’s visit was the first since militants stormed the US Embassy here in September 2012, for which US officials have blamed Ansar al-Sharia, a terrorist organization.

Kerry indicated that Tunisian officials had presented him with a list of equipment they are seeking for the nation’s security forces.

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