Algeria-US ties "deep," says Sherman

APS - 10 March 2022

ALGIERS-The Algeria-US relations are "multifaceted and deep", said Thursday in Algiers the US Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman.

"The relations between the United States and Algeria are deep and we seek to further tighten our cooperation in business, security, clean energy, and many other areas," she said at the end of her meeting with the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

She highlighted the willingness of both countries to "enhance their trade and economic cooperation" and "deepen their ties."

Calling her meeting with the head of state "very productive Sherman said that President Tebboune "shared his plans to create more jobs and diversify the Algerian economy in strategic sectors, including agribusiness, information technology, and communication and clean energy."

"These are areas in which U.S. companies can work closely with Algeria," she said, recalling the visit to Algeria last week of a delegation of US SMEs specializing in wind energy, wastewater treatment, and oil services.

After "thanking warmly" President Tebboune for "his hospitality and warm welcome", Sherman said the Americans were "delighted and honored" that President Tebboune "plans to visit the U.S. pavilion at the Algiers International Fair next June, where the United States will be the guest of honor."

In addition, the US official referred to a "convergence of views" between the two countries on the issue of regional stability, including the threat posed by the presence of foreign forces in the Sahel region.

"The United States and Algeria agree that regional stability is the key to a peaceful and prosperous future for the entire region. Our two countries are concerned about the destabilizing presence of foreign forces and are working together to counter violent extremist groups," she said.

"My meeting with President Tebboune also covered important regional issues and I will continue the talks I began with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, earlier in the day," she said