A top US intelligence official had talks in Algiers Saturday ahead of a regional security conference, the official APS news agency reported.
Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence Michael Vickers discussed the security situation and US-Algerian cooperation in the fight against terrorism and organised crime with Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia, it said, quoting a ministry statement.
Meanwhile state radio said that Ould Kablia would attend a ministerial conference in Libya on Sunday and Monday on regional cooperation, focusing particularly on border security.
While Libya struggles to restore order after the overthrown of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, other countries in the region are battling the activities of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, including hostage-taking, along with ethnic unrest and rampant smuggling.
Source: AFP Global Edition