The President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, met for talks with Lord Robertson at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on 10 December.
The Secretary General briefed President Bouteflika on the outcome of the Prague Summit held on 21-22 November. At the Summit, NATO Heads of State and Government decided to upgrade the political and practical dimensions of the Mediterranean Dialogue. Co-operation will be intensified in a number of areas, including terrorism related issues. This will also include co-operation programmes tailored to the individual needs of the participating country. The Secretary General and President Bouteflika also discussed the situation in the Middle East and Iraq.
Algeria is one of seven countries participating in NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue, the others being Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.