On October 29, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Algeria, where she consulted with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on issues of bilateral and regional concern and followed up the productive discussions on economic and security cooperation at the U.S.-Algeria Strategic Dialogue held in Washington earlier this month. Following her meeting with President Bouteflika, Secretary Clinton said:
"I want to thank the President for his hospitality in the time that he has spent talking with me and that we will continue over lunch. We reviewed our strong bilateral relationship, including the fact we had an excellent Strategic Dialogue on a number of issues just last week in Washington.
"And we had an in-depth discussion of the region, particularly the situation in Mali. I very much appreciated the President's analysis, based on his long experience, as to the many complicated factors that have to be addressed to deal with the internal insecurity in Mali and the terrorist and drug trafficking threat that is posed to the region and beyond. And we have agreed to continue with in-depth expert discussions, to work together bilaterally and with the region -- along with the United Nations, and the African Union, and ECOWAS -- to determine the most effective approaches that we should be taking.
"So again, I thank the President for his time and very helpful observations, and I look forward to continuing our discussion on a matter that is of particular interest to us both."
You can read more about the Secretary's visit on www.state.gov.