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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks following her meeting with Algerian President Bouteflika
December 12, 2000, Algiers, Algeria
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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QUESTION: Your Excellency Mr. President, Mrs. Albright. You have been received by the president. What would you say about your discussion with the president?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: We had a very good discussion. I mainly congratulated him for the incredible role that he played as President of the OAU in being able to bring about this accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea. I brought him greetings from President Clinton and appreciation from President Clinton for the great work that he has done. We had a good discussion about U.S.-Algerian bilateral relations and many other subjects.

QUESTION: Mrs. Albright, please give us a general assessment of Algerian-U.S. cooperation and how does …(inaudible)

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I think that the kind of cooperation that was evident on the issue of Ethiopia and Eritrea is an example of how we can work together and we also are hoping to generally work on improving our relations with President Bouteflika's government and working together as best we can on a variety of problems, not only in Africa, but looking at some of the issues in the Middle East.

QUESTION: Mrs. Albright, can you tell us what is the appreciation of Algeria's sustained mediation role in the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict…

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Let me just say this: The role that President Bouteflika and Algeria played in helping to resolve that conflict, along with a team that the United States had, headed by Mr. Anthony Lake and Gayle Smith and Susan Rice, has been essential-- the cooperation-- and we will use that as a very good model. Thank you very much.

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