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Remarks After Meeting With Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Presidential Palace
Algiers, Algeria
December 3, 2003

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SECRETARY POWELL: Well, ladies and gentlemen, the President and I have had an excellent and lengthy conversation. We spoke about the improving relationship between the United States and Algeria. We are very pleased with the progress they are making toward WTO accession, and we hope that will open other economic opportunities for Algeria and for the United States to work closely together.

We spoke about the upcoming elections, and I was reassured by the Presidentís commitment to insure that the elections are full, free, fair, and completely transparent. I welcome the fact that Algeria will be joining the Security Council at the beginning of next year and playing an even more important role on the international stage. And in that light, we had a full discussion of regional and international issues. We talked about the prospect of peace in the Sudan. We talked about the Western Sahara, as you might be certain to expect. We talked about Iraq and the Middle East situation, and we also talked about Iran and Syria, among other issues.

This is my first visit to Algeria, and it is all too brief. But I am pleased the President has invited me back for a longer visit. We have known each other for some time, and I consider him a good friend.


Released on December 3, 2003

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