ALGIERS-Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski stressed Thursday in Algiers that consolidation of democracy and the protection of human rights are the cornerstone of the fight against terrorism and extremism.
In a statement to the press following a meeting with the US official, Louh said that "Algeria and the United Nations share many views on issues relating to the fight against terrorism, which is reliant on the rule of law and justice, as well as strengthening the protection of human rights."
In this regard, the minister recalled that strengthening the rule of law and the enshrinement of its principles are part of a strategy adopted by Algeria and reforms launched by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, based on strengthening judicial authority and its independence "as guarantors of citizen's fundamental freedoms and rights."
The meeting focused "on various means of bilateral cooperation and development of relations between the two countries, particularly human rights and the exchange of views on common challenges including the fight against terrorism," Louh said.
"Terrorism is a scourge that threatens all democracies in the world given the current regional and international challenges," Louh stressed.
Malinowski affirmed that the "important" meeting he had with Louh focused on "the various challenges US and Algeria are facing, particularly counterterrorism, the promotion of democracy and the protection of human rights."
The US official said that he was "convinced" that the best mean to fight against terrorism "the promotion of democratic institutions and the protection of human rights to assert the supremacy of law."
Besides, the US official hailed Algeria's experience in the fight against this scourge, highlighting the importance of international cooperation in this field.