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Slashing US economic assistance while holding mostly steady on security aid would undermine the Biden administration’s claims that it supports the Tunisian people and their democratic aspirations. “It sends a concerning message to Saied and security officials in the country that, despite their abuses, we are happy to maintain support for your institutions as long as you continue to work with us.”
“There is no way around it—this is a big deal. . . . Yes, the United States could not have brokered such a deal right now with Iran specifically, since we have no relations. But in a larger sense, China’s prestigious accomplishment vaults it into a new league diplomatically and outshines anything the U.S. has been able to achieve in the region since Biden came to office.”
“U.S. law recognizes that security assistance, including arms sales, may be beneficial in advancing U.S. national security interests. . . . But it also directs the government to provide assistance so that it ‘will promote and advance human rights and avoid identification of the United States… with governments which deny to their people internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms.’”
“This election is really about bigger things. It’s about a democratic future vs. a more autocratic future. It’s about Turkey’s economy and the direction that’s going to be taking. Is it going to recover under a new government with sensible fiscal policies? Is there going to be an independent central bank or are we going to continue down this path where inflation keeps on rising and the cost of living keeps rising for the people and becomes unbearable for a lot of its citizens?”

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