The first ever meeting of the UK Algeria Strategic Security Partnership took place in London on 17 April 2013. The British side was led by Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s National Security Advisor and a range of senior officials from Britain’s political, military and security communities. The Algerian delegation was led by Minister Delegate for Maghreb and African Affairs, His Excellency Abdelkader Messahel.
The Strategic Security Partnership was agreed by President Bouteflika and Prime Minister Cameron during Mr Cameron’s visit to Algiers 30-31 January 2013. It is designed to allow both countries to discuss a range of security-related topics.
The Strategic Security Partnership further enhances the relationship between the UK and Algeria, who already have a productive counter terrorist dialogue, and regular exchanges on regional security. On 26th September 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Mr Stephen O’Brien MP as his Special Representative for the Sahel, underlining the importance the UK attaches to the region. Mr O’Brien visited Algeria, a key security actor in the region, in late 2012.