US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Algiers on Monday (October 29th) for talks with Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika, AFP reported. They are expected to discuss the crisis in neighbouring Mali.
"Algeria, being the strongest Sahel state, became a critical partner in dealing with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)," a State Department official said. "There is a strong recognition that Algeria has to be a central part of the solution," the US diplomat added.
The visit comes in the framework of the bilateral strategic dialogue, which began on October 19th in Washington.