U.S. respects Algeria's positions on regional issues — Clinton

February 26, 2012 10:28 am 

ALGIERS, Feb. 26 — The United States respects Algeria 's positions on various issues in the region, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here on Saturday.

Hailing the constant dialogues between the United States and Algeria in many fields, Clinton was quoted as saying by the local APS news agency as saying that her visit was aimed at "boosting bilateral relations and sharing views over the situation in the region."

"Algeria, which will celebrate her 50th independence anniversary, should occupy her deserved place in the international arena on the 50 upcoming years, with a development program for the benefit of the society," Clinton said.

The United States should support such a development program which "privileges dialogue between the government and civil society as well as the world of economy," the U.S. top diplomat added.

Clinton arrived Saturday in Algeria as part of a tour in the Maghreb region. She was welcomed at the Algiers International Airport by Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci.

The U.S. official is due to hold talks with Algerian officials "over the consolidation of multiform bilateral relations between the two nations, amid political reforms underway in Algeria," according to Medelci in a statement.

The upcoming parliamentary election in Algeria, the Maghreb integration, the situation in the region amid the pan-Arab turmoil and counter-terrorism cooperation between the two nations are also to be discussed, the statement said. (PNA/Xinhua)

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