Lamamra discusses bilateral cooperation with two senior leaders of the U.S. Congress

APS - 18 May 2017

WASHINGTON - Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra met for talks on Wednesday in Washington with two U.S. senior Congressional leaders as part of his working visit in the United States.

Mr. Lamamra first met at the U.S. Congress with Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee.

He later met with Republican Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "We have reviewed our bilateral relations and focused as well on a number of international issues, including the fight against terrorism," Mr. Lamamra told APS, speaking after his two meetings.

In that regard, Mr. Lamamra stressed that he had discussed "the experience led by the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, which consists in using both legitimate self-defense through defense and security means along with political and social solutions through national reconciliation and civilian concord."

Mr. Lamamra's Congressional meetings also covered the political reforms implemented by Algeria as well as the recent legislative elections of May 4.

With regards the region, the minister said that the American side understands Algeria's interest in the stability of Libya and the need to achieve a political solution founded on a dialogue involving all Libyan parties.

"All our American interlocutors have hailed Algeria's efforts and perseverance and understood its interest in the stability of Libya," he underscored.
"In the same manner, the success of the mediation led by Algeria in Mali was hailed by our interlocutors," Mr. Lamamra said, following a series of talks held with American leaders, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The minister noted that the American Executive leadership, Mr. Tillerson included, appreciated the efforts deployed by Algeria as exporter of peace and stability in the region.