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Clinton speaks highly of Tunisian revolution.

Visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

expressed Thursday her "great admiration" of the Tunisian revolution which she

regarded as a "historic incident" and an exemplar.

"It is hoped that such revolution will achieve its prescribed goals,

particularly under the reforms engineered by Tunisians at all levels," the

Tunis Afrique Presse News Agency quoted Clinton as saying in a statement

following her meeting with interim President Fouad Mebazaa.

The US top diplomat also asserted, within the same context, that her

country is ready to offer support to Tunisia at such critical juncture in

order to make its transitional trajectory a success, and achieve the

aspirations of its people toward a better future.

Clinton also stressed "US keenness," on boosting bilateral cooperation in

the economic domain along with promoting investments in the Tunisian

high-priority regions.

Meanwhile, Mebazaa highlighted during the meeting the big strides made by

his country following the 14th of January Revolution on the path of democracy

as well as the efforts made to lay the foundations of a state based on law,

institutions, human rights and basic freedoms out a keenness for fulfiling the

revolution's goals.

Mebazaa added that achieving fair development all over the country,

particularly the underprivileged areas, is one of the priorities of the coming

phase, in addition to creating job opportunities, and improving

citizens'standards of living, according to state-owned Tunis Afrique Presse

News Agency.

The talks also stressed the solid historic ties binding the two countries,

and mulling ways of furthering bilateral cooperation and partnership, along

with diversifying their domains for the benefit of common interests.

It is scheduled for Clinton to hold a meeting as well with caretaker Prime

Minister Beji Caid Essebsi, and its Tunisian counterpart Mohammad Mouldi Kefi,

in addition to a host of Tunisian officials. (pickup previous)

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