The United States Ambassador to Algeria, John Desrocher, announced, on Tuesday, in Algiers, the official end of his diplomatic mission on August 24th, praising the development of bilateral relationships between the two countries over the past years.
In a conference with the media, the American ambassador valued “the continuing pace of development and strengthening of bilateral relationships between the two countries during the three years he spent in Algeria”, noting the efforts made during this period which aimed at deepening and diversifying bilateral cooperation in the fields of security, trade, culture and education.
Desrocher reviewed the “positive results” of the various visits by several American officials to Algeria, the strategic dialogue held by the two countries during the past year, and the “revival of the activity of the American Chamber of Commerce” and the settlement of several American companies in Algeria active in the fields of oil, health, technology, agriculture and other sectors.
He expressed his “pride” for the results that were achieved during this brief circumstance and in light of the health crisis that the world is experiencing, praising the bilateral cooperation in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, asserting that “much work remains to be done” in this regard, and he praised the Algerian authorities efforts to deport American citizens to their country. He also announced Washington’s support for the various efforts of Algeria to address the pandemic by granting 4 million dollars through international organizations.
The American diplomat revealed that his country’s universities annually receive “200 Algerian students” in the framework of developing relations in the field of education and scientific research, declaring that Washington is negotiating with the Algerian authorities “to receive a larger number of Algerian students” and that the number of Algerian students in the United States “increased during the past year by about 12%”.
In response to journalists’ questions, the US ambassador talked about the situation in Libya, confirming that “Washington and Algeria share the same viewpoint regarding the need to support the United Nations track to bring peace and stability to this country”, adding that his country supports ceasefire efforts “despite the difficulties that hinder the efforts”.
“The United States understands the importance that Algeria attaches to the situation in Libya due to Algeria’s accurate knowledge of the details of the Libyan file and the value of the consultations that take place between the two countries regarding the Libyan crisis”, he said.
Desrocher also responded to a question about the human rights situation in Algeria, calling for a review of the annual report which is prepared by the US State Secretary about human rights in countries of the world, including Algeria, indicating that his country attaches great importance to this issue and supports freedom of expression and freedom of the press and considers them one of the foundations of democracy.
Besides, the American diplomat talked about the most important milestones that will remain firmly in his mind after leaving Algeria, foremost among which is the popular movement “Hirak”, which he said he was honoured to live with because it was “led and organized by the Algerians themselves to demand change and the right to self-determination and express their hope for a better future”, asserting that this movement “was impressive and dazzled the world with its peacefulness”.
He also expressed his honour to attend the inauguration ceremony of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, at the Palais des Nations.
After describing his diplomatic experience in Algeria as “fruitful and useful”, the American diplomat expressed his gratitude and thanks to the Algerian people, who had shown him during his years of work and across 22 states that he visited “good reception and hospitality”, and praised the response he felt during his reception by various officials and representatives of the civil society.