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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Algeria late Wednesday on a two-day visit for the North African country.
Kerry was welcomed at the Houari Boumediene Airport by his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra.
Kerry's talks in Algeria will focus on bilateral relations between Algeria and the United States as well as a host of regional and international issues, the Algerian Foreign Ministry said in a statement earlier.
During the visit, Kerry and Lamamra will co-chair the U.S.-Algeria Strategic Dialogue.
Launched in October 2012, the Dialogue demonstrates the desire of the leaders of the U.S. and Algeria to bolster their coordination on the issues discussed during the first session in Washington in October 2012, the Algerian Foreign Ministry said.
Kerry had been planned to visit Algeria last November, but the visit was postponed over Iran's talks with world powers, including the U.S., on its nuclear program.
However, the timing of Kerry's current visit has stirred up a hornet's nest, particularly at opposition circles.
The Green Algeria Alliance, a grouping of three opposition Islamist parties, warned against what it described as "American exploitation" of Algeria at the time incumbent president Abdelaziz Bouteflika seeks re-election.Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2014, 09:51