ALGIERS- US Command for Africa (AFRICOM) wants to explore with Algeria future security cooperation, said General Thomas D. Waldhause, the commander of AFRICOM.
"We look forward to exploring future cooperation in terms of security with Algeria," General Waldhauser said following an audience granted to him by Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.
The American official said his visit to Algeria is a good opportunity to discuss directly with Algerian leaders the common concerns in terms of defense and security.
He added that the two nations work together as equal partners to build a better future, not only in Algeria, but everywhere in North Africa.
General Waldhauser stressed that with the strong partnership, Algeria and the United States are more able to address the root causes of terrorism and promote peace and stability.
The commander of AFRICOM sized the opportunity to offer US government's condolences to the Algerian people and government, as well as to the families of the victims of the military aircraft crash on April 11 in Boufarik, in which 257 people were killed.
Messahel, for his part, said such meetings provide opportunities to make assessments and exchange experiences in security, mainly at the regional level.
The meeting was "very fruitful" to Algeria and the United States, which is a "friend and a member country of the UN Security Council."
The FM expressed a wish to explore other opportunities for a stronger cooperation with the United States, and with AFRICOM in security issues.