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Blinken’s Visit to Algeria Highlights North Africa’s Heightened Geopolitical Importance

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference with Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, at the Foreign Ministry in Rabat, Morocco, on March 29, 2022. Jacquelyn Martin / POOL / AFP

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (photo) will cross the border from Morocco to Algeria on Wednesday where he’s to meet with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

And the fact that this is the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to Algiers in eight years is indicative of just how important both the country and the broader MENA region is becoming to U.S. foreign policy.

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