January 24, 2011 / 6:38 PM / 8 years ago

Senior U.S. diplomat in Tunisia for crisis talks

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The United States has sent its top diplomat for the Middle East to Tunisia for talks on the country’s political crisis, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Assistant Secretary of State Jeff Feltman had arrived in Tunis “to confer with the interim government on its plans for democratic reforms and elections.”

Crowley’s statement, relayed in a Twitter message, did not include any further details of Feltman’s visit to Tunisia, where political sources say talks are under way over moves to replace the interim government which has held power since longtime President Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali left the country on Jan. 14 following popular protests. (Reporting by Andrew Quinn, Editing by Anthony Boadle)

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