The Straits Times
Published on Jan 31, 2013

Britain, Algeria strike security deal after desert bloodbath


ALGIERS (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Algeria on Wednesday to strike an new security partnership between the two countries following the deadly hostage crisis at a Sahara Desert gas plant.

His visit comes less than two weeks after 37 foreign hostages, including six Britons, were killed when Islamists stormed the In Amenas facility.

Mr Cameron was greeted by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and also had talks with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Mr Cameron and Mr Bouteflika agreed a new strategic partnership bringing together senior security, military and intelligence advisors to help each other respond to emerging threats.