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. NATO warships make port call in Algeria
ALGIERS (AFP) Mar 19, 2005
Eight vessels from NATO's rapid intervention force have docked in the port of Algiers for a four-day visit, Algerian officials said.

The visit by the warships, which arrived on Friday, was aimed at "boosting friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding" between the north African country and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an official said.

The visit follows on from the first meeting between NATO military chiefs and their opposite numbers from seven countries bordering the Mediterranean, including Algeria, which took place last November at NATO headquarters in Brussels with the aim notably of boosting cooperation against terrorism.

The partners involved in what NATO has dubbed its "Mediterranean dialogue" are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia.

The NATO group visiting Algiers includes warships from Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and the United States.

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