Tunisia has entered into a security partnership with Canada to aid in the fight against terrorism.
The pact was announced on Saturday during a visit by Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion, to the north African country.
Our two governments will ensure that this assistance is extremely effective in helping Tunisia out of this vicious circle where security is linked to the economy.
The agreement will be for an initial period of three years, with an investment of about $4 million.
The Canadian foreign minister urged the international community to continue to support Tunisia in battling terrorism.
“Our two governments will ensure that this assistance is extremely effective in helping Tunisia out of this vicious circle where security is linked to the economy,” he added.
Western governments are giving Tunisia financial and military aid to support its young democracy, which they are holding up as a model for the region since its 2011 uprising ousted president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
Earlier this month, the United States delivered a batch of military hardware to aid the country secure its borders, while in March, Tunisia’s government backed a plan for German forces to come to the country to train troops from neighboring Libya to fight against Islamic State militants.
France and Britain have also proposed strengthening security cooperation with Tunisia.
The Islamic State militants is responsible for killing dozens of soldiers, police and civilians including 59 foreign tourists.