WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today released the following statement regarding the completion of Tunisia’s first direct presidential election:

“I'd like to congratulate the Tunisian people on completing their first direct election for president. After a spirited campaign, Tunisians have much to be proud of.

“As the birthplace of democracy in the Arab world, Tunisia is showing itself to be a model for compromise, civility, inclusion and the democratic spirit.

“I look forward to working with President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi to build a more prosperous, secure and democratic Tunisia as well as a stronger US-Tunisian relationship.”