Policy & History

At the time of American independence, Algiers was a nominal vassal of the Ottoman Empire with the power to conduct its own independent foreign relations. Algeria recognized the United States in 1795, although permanent diplomatic relations were not established until after Algeria emerged from subsequent French rule in 1962.

The United States has maintained friendly relations with Algeria throughout the political upheavals of recent years, and the country continues to seek out stronger economic and political ties.  Algeria has been a stalwart partner in the struggle against violent extremism, and its cooperation with the United States continues to increase in many domains.