United States Partners with Algeria on Chemical Security

In the framework of the U.S.-Algerian partnership, the two countries engaged in a bilateral exchange on chemical security from December 3 to 6 in Algiers.  They discussed best practices and standard operating procedures to ensure the safe transportation of bulk chemicals.  U.S. delegates from the Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories engaged with 22 Algerian officials from multiple ministries during the seminar.

Algerian officials and U.S. chemical security experts shared best practices, addressing methods and tools to safely identify chemicals of security concern and strategies to secure routes for bulk chemical transport.  Sandia National Laboratories representatives provided resources to further strengthen Algeria’s operating procedures to keep chemicals safe during transport.  During the opening remarks, U.S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Christian Ehrhardt stated, “We recognize the threat of chemical, biological, and radiological terrorism is real and evolving, and we stand together with our Algerian partners to prevent, deter, and respond to any attempt to use these materials for malicious purposes.”

The workshop showcased the shared commitment of both countries to enhance chemical security programs and exemplified how the longstanding U.S.-Algerian partnership can deliver tangible results for both countries and in the broader North African region.  During the closing, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kathryn Kiser noted, “Continuous engagement in these types of workshops with our Algerian partners demonstrates the value the United States places on the U.S.-Algerian relationship.”