U.S. Relations With Algeria

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Fact Sheet
May 8, 2014

More information about Algeria is available on the Algeria Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States established diplomatic relations with Algeria in 1962 following its independence from France. Algeria severed relations with the United States in 1967 in the wake of the Arab-Israeli War, but reestablished relations in 1974.

The United States and Algeria consult closely on key international and regional issues such as law enforcement and counterterrorism cooperation. The United States and Algeria conduct frequent civilian and military exchanges, including two Secretary of State trips 2012 and the first U.S.-Algeria Strategic Dialogue in October 2012. Algeria has hosted senior U.S. military officials and ship visits, and the United States hosted an Algerian port visit for the first time this in 2012.

Algeria has relatively stable despite turmoil in neighboring countries. The United States viewed legislative elections held in 2012 as a welcome step in Algeria's progress toward democratic reform.

U.S. Assistance to Algeria

U.S. bilateral foreign assistance to Algeria is designed to strengthen Algeria's capacity to combat terrorism and crime, support the building of stable institutions that contribute to the security and stability of the region, and support Algeria’s civil society. Foreign assistance supports Algeria's ongoing fight against al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other hostile actors in the region.

Funding through the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) has been allocated to support the work of Algeria's developing civil society through programming that provides training to journalists, businesspeople, female entrepreneurs and parliamentaries, legal professionals, and the heads of leading nongovernmental organizations. MEPI also has provided funding for economic development programs, and U.S. outreach programs support education in Algeria.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States is one of Algeria’s top trading partners, and Algeria is one of the top U.S. trading partners in the Middle East/North African region. Most U.S. direct investment in Algeria has been in the hydrocarbon sector. The main U.S. import from Algeria is crude oil. The two countries have signed a trade and investment framework agreement, establishing common principles on which the economic relationship is founded and forming a platform for negotiating other bilateral agreements. The U.S. Government encourages Algeria to make necessary changes to accede to the World Trade Organization, move toward transparent economic policies, and liberalize its investment climate. The United States has funded a program supporting Algerian efforts to develop a functioning, transparent banking and income tax system.

Algeria's Membership in International Organizations

Algeria and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Algeria is an active member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). Algeria also is a Partner for Cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an observer to the Organization of American States, and an observer to the World Trade Organization.

More information about Algeria is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Algeria Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Algeria Page
U.S. Embassy: Algeria
History of U.S. Relations With Algeria
Human Rights Reports 
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information