In a joint statement issued Friday, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said, “The Tunisian government has granted in-person access to Ali Ani al-Harzi, a suspect in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.”
Friday’s press release follows earlier warnings, made by Graham and Chambliss, that if not granted access to the suspect, the U.S. could reconsider aid to Tunisia.
They continued by assuring that “the interviews will be under Tunisian supervision and consistent with their sovereignty” while simultaneously ensuring that these arrangements “meet the needs of our investigative team.”
The senators lamented the “unfortunate” amount of time it took to gain access, but welcomed the development as proof that “this tight collaboration between our countries shows the growing strength of our partnership.”
Graham and Chambliss concluded by saying, “Tunisia is where the Arab Spring began and these latest events reaffirm the growing alliance between our two countries.”