May 20, 2011

Senator John McCain said Thursday the United States should “move urgently” to establish free trade agreements with Egypt and Tunisia but cautioned against increased spending in the region.

The Republican’s comments came shortly after President Barack Obama outlined US policy toward the Arab world in the wake of massive uprisings that have toppled two long-serving presidents and unleashed widespread unrest.

Obama had unveiled a multi-billion dollar economic plan to spur and reward democratic change in the region, modeled on the evolution of post-Soviet eastern Europe, and vowed to pursue an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

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