Deputy Secretary Blinken's Travel to the Maghreb

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 18, 2016

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, July 20-26, where he will meet with both government officials and civil society.

July 20-21, Deputy Secretary Blinken will be in Morocco to discuss the country’s environmental leadership role with government officials as Morocco prepares to host the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 22). He will also meet with university students, entrepreneurs, and NGOs active in the fight against violent extremism.

July 22-23, Deputy Secretary Blinken will travel to Tunisia to affirm with government officials the growing strategic partnership between our countries. He will also meet with civil society leaders and Tunisian youth to discuss their important role in ensuring citizen engagement in political processes.

July 24-26, Deputy Secretary Blinken will be in Algeria to meet with a range of government officials to review our countries’ strong cooperation, particularly on counterterrorism, and discuss avenues to enhance bilateral trade and investment. He will also visit the new American School in Algiers and meet with local business leaders and entrepreneurs interested in youth employment opportunities.

In all of his discussions, the Deputy Secretary seeks to strengthen our ties with the people of this important region through our trade relationship, cultural exchange, and government-to-government-relations.