The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matt Miller:
Secretary Antony J. Blinken met today with Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf to discuss the U.S.-Algeria bilateral partnership and consult on shared efforts to de-escalate conflict and advance regional stability, including in the Sahel. The Secretary and Foreign Minister reaffirmed the importance of a just and durable peace in Ukraine in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter and reiterated full support for Personal Envoy of the Secretary General Staffan de Mistura as he consults intensively with all concerned to achieve a political solution for Western Sahara. The Secretary congratulated Foreign Minister Attaf on Algeria’s election to the UN Security Council and emphasized U.S. readiness to partner closely on all issues before the Security Council. The Secretary highlighted the importance of protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.