The United States is committed to working with Algeria in addressing security and counterterrorism issues that affect the Maghreb and the Sahel regions, said General William E. “Kip” Ward, commander of US Africa Command, at an US Embassy in Algeria.
During his first visit to Algeria as commander of US Africa Command (AFRICOM), Ward met with Algerian military and civilian leadership to discuss how the command can assist in areas of common interest, including counterterrorism.
“I’m excited about the bilateral relationship between the United States and the Algerian military,” Ward said. “The command is committed to strengthening and expanding this relationship and working with Algeria in a number of ways regarding mutual security cooperation interests.”
Emphasizing that the United States and Algeria are partners working towards mutual interests, Ward said that there are no plans to put troops in the Sahel to combat terrorism. He added that US presence in the region would be for the purposes of conducting training and delivering equipment, not involved directly in any counterterrorism efforts.