Algeria, U.S. to hold bilateral talks in June

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The United States and Algeria have agreed to hold the fifth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue on Security and Counterterrorism in June.

Algeria’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the development in a statement.

The ministry said the conference is set to assess bilateral counterterrorism partnership amid emerging threats in the North African region.

A meeting was held in Algiers on Sunday between Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and visiting Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State Alina Romanowski.

The statement quoted Romanowski as saying that “Algeria is a key partner for the U.S. in the fight against terrorism and the U.S. is keen to further exchange experiences and strengthening cooperation with Algeria.”

Messahel added that Algeria is due to host in April a conference on the international fight against terrorism, noting the April event will be organized as part of the Global Counterterrorism Forum of fight against terrorism in collaboration with the African Union.

The AU is worried that the return of African fighters would undermine peace and security in the continent, as the fighters could be used by their chief to form new terrorist cells and conduct terrorist attacks.

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