U.S. Relations With Algeria

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Fact Sheet
July 31, 2018


More information about Algeria is available on the Algeria Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-ALGERIA RELATIONS

The United States and Algeria established diplomatic relations in 1962 following Algeria’s independence from France. Algeria severed relations with the United States in 1967 in the wake of the Arab-Israeli War, but reestablished relations in 1974.

Algeria is a strategically located and capable partner with which the United States has strong diplomatic, law enforcement, economic, and security cooperation. The United States and Algeria conduct frequent civilian and military exchanges. Most recently, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan visited Algiers in June 2018 and opened the fifth annual Algeria-U.S. Counterterrorism Dialogue with Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.

Algeria plays a constructive role in promoting regional stability, particularly in Libya and Mali.

U.S. Assistance to Algeria

U.S. engagement in Algeria has three primary objectives: expanding our security and military partnership, growing economic and commercial links, and building educational and cultural ties between Algerians and Americans.

Exchanges of expertise play a valuable role in strengthening the U.S.-Algeria law enforcement and security partnership at both the senior and working levels. These relationships have never been stronger, in part as a result of a recently-concluded Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. Programming from the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) enables us to partner with Algerian law enforcement and security agencies to help interdict and investigate a wide variety of crimes and terrorist activities occurring in Algeria’s border region by focusing on three strategic areas of capability: forensics, criminal investigations, and border security.

Our Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) has supported the work of Algeria's civil society through programming that provides training to journalists, business people, female entrepreneurs and parliamentarians, legal professionals, and the heads of leading non-governmental organizations.

There are close to 5,000 alumni of U.S. government exchange programs throughout Algeria. Our programs support youth entrepreneurship and English language learning and teaching, women’s empowerment, media engagement, and cross-cultural dialogue.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States is one of Algeria’s top trading partners, and Algeria is one of the top U.S. trading partners in the Middle East/North African region. Most U.S. direct investment in Algeria has been in the hydrocarbon sector. The main U.S. import from Algeria is crude oil. The two countries have signed a trade and investment framework agreement that provides a platform to address impediments in the economic relationship and identify paths to broader commercial interaction. The United States supports Algeria’s desire to diversify its economy, accede to the World Trade Organization, move toward transparent economic policies, and liberalize its investment climate.

In April 2018, the United States and Algeria signed a ten-year extension to their Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation.

Algeria's Membership in International Organizations

Algeria and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Algeria is an active member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and serves as the co-chair of the organization’s West Africa Working Group. Algeria is also a Partner for Cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an observer to the Organization of American States, and an observer to the World Trade Organization. It also occasionally provides airlift and other logistical support to UN and AU peacekeeping operations.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Algeria is John P. Desrocher; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Algeria maintains an embassy in the United States at 2118 Kalorama Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 1-202-265-2800).

More information about Algeria is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Algeria Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Algeria Page
U.S. Embassy
History of U.S. Relations With Algeria
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel Information