Since its 2011 revolution, the North African country has seen the rise of a jihadist movement, with some 50 members of the military and police force killed in attacks linked to armed groups.
« That is extremely costful. Even if we … had this money it will take two or three years to get them. But we badly need them now. »
Marzouki is one of dozens of African heads of state and government currently in the US capital for a major three-day US-Africa summit hosted by President Barack Obama.
Marzouki also said Tunisia needed night vision and communications equipment, adding that the army was not properly trained and « has not got all the means it needs. »
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