Top US official visits Algeria

2012-03-11 13:09

Algiers - A top US intelligence official had talks in Algiers on Saturday ahead of a regional security conference, the official APS news agency reported.

Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence Michael Vickers discussed the security situation and US-Algerian co-operation in the fight against terrorism and organised crime with Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia, it said, quoting a ministry statement.

Meanwhile state radio said that Ould Kablia would attend a ministerial conference in Libya on Sunday and Monday on regional co-operation, focusing particularly on border security.

Other countries invited include Chad, Egypt, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger and Sudan.

Regional security also figured in talks in Washington on Thursday between US officials and Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib.

While Libya struggles to restore order after the overthrown of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, other countries in the region are battling the activities of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, including hostage-taking, along with ethnic unrest and rampant smuggling.