Delegation from Algerian Military visits NATO to brief the Military Committee on Algeria’s vision for security and stability in the region

  • 28 Mar. 2024 -
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  • Last updated: 28 Mar. 2024 12:57

On 28 March 2024 a delegation from the General Staff of the Algerian National People’s Army visited NATO HQ to brief the NATO Military Committee on "Algeria’s vision and contribution to the stability of the region." The delegation was led by Major General Belkacem Hasnat, Head of Operations Department and Chairman of the Standing Committee for the Military Cooperation with NATO. General Hasnat was joined by four other delegates, including Algeria’s Military Representative to NATO, Colonel Azzedine Henane.

The Deputy Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Lieutenant General Andrew M. Rohling, welcomed the delegation, acknowledging the valuable partnership between NATO and Algeria. 

“Algeria is a long standing partner to NATO. Our partnership is based on shared values and challenges, and our shared commitment for stability in the region. To promote that stability, NATO stands committed to deepen its cooperation with Algeria,” said Lt. General Rohling. 

The Algerian Delegation briefed members of the NATO Military Committee on the nature of security threats the country is facing and Algeria’s security mechanisms and efforts. They include capacity building with local partners, increasing intelligence activities and sharing expertise on the fight against terrorism. Members of the delegation also met with Lt. General Rohling and other senior NATO officials.

The visit was hosted by the Cooperative Security Division of the International Military Staff. This engagement is important as NATO focuses on strengthening relations and practical cooperation with partners in the run-up to the Washington Summit this summer. On 20 March an independent group of experts, appointed to reflect on NATO’s southern neighbourhood, also presented their final report to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The report proposes concrete recommendations to shape NATO’s approach to its southern neighbourhood – particularly the Middle East, North Africa and Sahel regions. 

In 2000, Algeria joined the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO partnership forum that aims to contribute to regional security and stability in the Mediterranean through political dialogue and practical cooperation.