Algeria says tightened US flight checks unfair, discriminative

Algeria said a U.S. decision to subject its citizens to extra airport security checks was unjustified and discriminatory.

Algeria says tightened US flight checks unfair, discriminative

Algeria said on Monday a U.S. decision to subject its citizens to extra airport security checks was unjustified and discriminatory.

"Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci summoned the United States ambassador in Algiers to convey the Algerian government's strong protest against this unfortunate, unjustified and discriminatory measure," the ministry said in a statement carried by official news agency APS.

The rules require extra security screening for U.S.-bound travellers from over a dozen states including Algeria, Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

They were introduced after an alleged botched bombing attempt against a Northwest Airlines flight into Detroit on Christmas Day by a Nigerian citizen.

The tighter controls apply to people travelling from or through nations listed by the U.S. as "state sponsors of terrorism" -- Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria -- as well as Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.

Nigeria has said its inclusion on the list could threaten its relations with Washington. Communist-led Cuba has also demanded its removal from the list.

Reuters
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