ALGIERS, — The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tom Malinowski, has described as “very strong” the Algerian-American co-operation in the fight against terrorism.

“The United States and Algeria are linked by a close partnership in several fields, including the fight against terrorism where our co-operation is very strong,” Malinowski said here Wednesday on the sidelines of an international workshop on “The role of democracy in preventing and combating violent extremism and terrorism”.

“No country will be able to combat the scourge of terrorism alone without the help of other partner countries,” he said, expressing his pleasure to share the American experience in the field of counter-terrorism and to learn from the long experience of Algeria in this field.

Malinowski underlined that Algeria and the US shared the conviction that the only way to combat terrorism and extremism was to continue strengthening the democratic institutions and the role of the civil society.

“Democracy is our main defence and our best bulwark against terrorism and extremism,” he affirmed.

Referring to the Algiers workshop, the American official said: “Most of the conferences which deal with the fight against terrorism focus on the military aspect of this fight while the meeting of Algiers focuses on what we consider more important: how to organize our societies and elaborate our policies.”

Source: Nam News Network

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