UK expected to offer Algeria counter-terrorism training

David Cameron says UK will help Algeria ‘help itself’ as he becomes first British PM to visit country since independence

Britain is expected to offer to train Algerian forces in counter-terrorism work as part of a new joint security partnership announced by David Cameron as he arrived in Algiers, the first British prime minister to visit Algeria since independence.

The prime minister said his aim was to help the country “help itself” amid a growing threat from al-Qaida-linked terrorists in the region.

Cameron is offering a joint security compact including access to UK intelligence in the wake of the attack on an Algerian natural gas plant that left 37 foreigners dead including up to six Britons.

Cameron said the attack on the gas and oil plants and the situation in Mali “reminds us of the importance of partnership between Britain and countries in the region”.

“We will be announcing a strengthened security partnership between our countries. I would stress the greatest threat of terrorism in this region is to the countries of this region.  

“Of course there are potential threats to the UK but the focus is very much on helping these countries to protect their security and protect British people in this region. It is very much about helping the region to help themselves.”

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