Received at an audience with the President of the Republic, Abdelmajid Tebboune, the US Secretary of State confirmed that his country’s position on the Sahara issue remains unchanged.
The economic partnership between Algeria and the United States of America is intended to be strengthened in the future through the adoption of concrete measures capable of breathing new life in favor of the latest flexibility measures adopted to this end by the highest Algerian authorities. In this context, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said yesterday that the United States plans to increase its trade with Algeria to $6.1 billion. In this regard, the United States of America is seeking a greater presence of companies in Algeria. “More and more US companies are looking to invest in Algeria, and those already there are creating jobs in a wide variety of sectors,” the US State Department said in a statement. These trade exchanges have now reached $1.85 billion, according to a U.S. diplomat who yesterday began his first rush visit to Algeria since the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden in January 2021. In a press statement at the US embassy in Algiers, Blinken stressed that economic relations between the two countries are experiencing momentum and that his country is seeking the presence of major US institutions in Algeria.
“Algerian-American relations will be stronger than they are now thanks to the economic partnership between the two countries,” he said.
The head of American diplomacy met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad Ramtan Lamamra.
Discussions focused on promising opportunities for strengthening the bilateral partnership. “In addition to strengthening our commitment to promoting peace and stability at the regional and international levels, in line with our shared values and interests,” Ramtan Lamamra tweeted. “Our security and counterterrorism cooperation remains the cornerstone of our bilateral relationship,” the US Department said in a statement. Indeed, despite some fundamental differences, both sides also agree on the importance of regional stability for the entire Sahel and the need to counter the destabilizing presence of terrorist groups.
In a word, multifaceted cooperation. “We are working closely with Algeria on counter-terrorism and regional security so that we can learn from each other and strengthen our respective security capabilities. Algeria held a joint military dialogue on March 14 and 15, during which we further discussed our commitment to regional security.
The visit to Algiers was also an opportunity to showcase America’s role as a country of honor at the Algiers International Trade Fair in June. Using his presence in Algiers, the US Secretary of State met with US business representatives in Algeria to discuss deepening economic ties and promoting trade and investment between the United States and Algeria. Received in an audience with the President of the Republic, Abdelmajid Tebbun, Anthony Blinken confirmed that his country’s position on the Sahara issue was “immutable” and that the United States of America supported “the political solution that is on file within the United Nations.” In the middle of the month, the Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Ramtan Lamamra expressed strong support in Algeria for the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Staffan de Mistura, to restart a presidential-led political process to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara, which will ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Western Sahara and the entire region.