President Obama is reaffirming his support for Tunisia’s transition to democracy, saying he intends to designate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States.

Obama met with the North African country’s newly elected president at the White House on Thursday.

Only a limited number of countries have this special status as a non-NATO ally. It qualifies a country for certain privileges supporting defense and security cooperation but does not provide any security commitment to that country. […]