ALGIERS – Thursday, 10 August 2023 (APS) – Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ahmed Attaf, met, on the occasion of his working visit to Washington, on behalf of President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, with senior officials of the National Security Council at the White House and at the US State Department, said the ministry in a statement.

In this regard, Attaf met the Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa of the National Security Council at the White House, Brett McGurk.

According to the same source, the two parties reviewed the latest situation in the Middle East, the Palestinian question and the crisis in Libya, as part of the efforts made by the United Nations to meet the necessary conditions for the organisation of free and fair elections to end the division.

Attaf also held talks with the Deputy Secretary of State, Derek Chollet, who is due to become Under-Secretary of Defence, with whom he discussed developments relating to the crisis in Niger and ways and means of coordinating the two countries’ efforts to achieve peace in this neighbouring brotherly country, said the source.

These meetings highlighted “the solid partnership between Algeria and the United States, and underlined in particular the willingness and readiness of both parties to work to strengthen future bilateral political and economic developments, in order to reinforce their common interests and give concrete expression to their mutual commitment to contribute to the resolution of conflicts and the achievement of security and stability, added the source.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs also met with the Chairman of the US-Algeria Parliamentary Friendship Group, Member of the House of Representatives, Troy Nehls, with whom he discussed the development of bilateral relations and ways of strengthening them.

On this occasion, the two parties discussed the development of Algerian-American relations and the prospects for strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields, through the support of a group of American parliamentarians, both Democrats and Republicans, to promote partnership between the two countries.

The meeting agreed on an action plan comprising a number of steps aimed at strengthening ties and further underlining the importance of the strategic partnership between Algeria and the United States, the same source said.

The members of this group are due to visit Algeria in November, and that a conference will shortly be held in Washington on Algerian-American cooperation in the field of energy, as well as a conference on the partnership between the two countries in the field of industry, added the source.

The US-Algeria Parliamentary Friendship Group was recently created officially inaugurated on 16 May 2023 under the chairmanship of Republican member of the House of Representatives Troy Nehls and Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee.