Algeria and the United States partner against violent extremism

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra and Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands in Washington on April 8. (State Dept.)

At the Strategic Dialogue between the United States and Algeria, the two nations shared strategies and repeated their shared commitment to fight terrorism.

“I’m grateful to Algeria for agreeing to share the lessons from its own battle against violent extremists,” said Secretary of State John Kerry on April 8 at a press conference in Washington with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra following the third session of the dialogue.

“That is why the United States welcomes Algeria’s plan to host an international summit this summer on the issue of de-radicalization,” Kerry said.

That summit will follow on a countering violent extremism conference hosted by President Obama in February 2015. There, representatives of more than 60 countries shared ideas on community-based programs against radicalization.

Kerry thanked Algeria for its engagement in the Global Counterterrorism Forum and its partnership in the September 2014 leaders meeting during the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the Strategic Dialogue, the two countries agreed to work together to promote regional security, increase information-sharing, and coordinate programs to build the capacity of regional partners.

“We value deeply our friendship and we believe strongly that an Algeria that is stable, that is increasingly prosperous and working in partnership with the international community is vital for the region and vital really for the world,” Kerry said.