James Anderson, who is performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense, met with Algerian Maj. Gen. Mohammed Bachar, director of the Employment and Preparation Department of the general staff, in Washington this week, the Pentagon chief press secretary said.
The defense leaders met to renew and reinvigorate cooperation on shared defense interests during the ninth U.S.- Algeria Joint Military Dialogue held Nov. 18-21, Alyssa Farah said in a readout of the meeting.
Anderson expressed the Defense Department's continued commitment to partnering with Algeria to address significant terrorist threats in North Africa, Farah said.
The two leaders also discussed regional security, including instability in Libya, as well as security cooperation, including training and defense trade, she said.
Anderson thanked Bachar for his commitment to partnership and his efforts to drive progress toward shared objectives, Farah said.