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Mr. Lamamra and Senator Inhofe discuss regional security and fight against terrorism

APS - 18 May 2017

WASHINGTON - Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra met on Wednesday in Washington with Republican Senator James Inhofe, with whom he discusses regional security, the fight against terrorism, and the issue of Western Sahara.

We have examined the positions of the American Congress on issues affecting our region and its stabilization, Algeria's experience in the fight against terrorism, and the decolonization of Western Sahara," Mr. Lamamra told APS after his discussions with the senator from the State of Oklahoma.

In that respect, Mr. Lamamra recalled Senator Inhofe's "position of principle" on the issue of Western Sahara, calling it "very clear and very committed" in support of the "completion of the decolonization of Western Sahara in accordance with the doctrine of the United Nations."

Great friend of Western Sahara, the influential Senator Inhofe visited last February two Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf. During that visit to show his support for the Sahrawi people, Senator Inhofe led an important delegation from the U.S. Congress including senators and members of the U.S. House of

Representatives, including Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Committee on Human Rights at the U.S. Congress.

In 2016, Senator Inhofe firmly opposed the disbanding of MINURSO and along with a group of U.S. senators warned former UN Secretary General Ben Ki-moon of the repercussions of the retaliatory measures taken by Morocco on peace-keeping operations in the occupied Sahrawi territories.