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Brussels, 22 January 2013
Statement by Commissioner Štefan Füle following his discussion with Algerian Foreign Minister Murad Medelci
''Today, I have spoken to Mourad Medelci Foreign Minister of Algeria to express my sympathy to the families of the Algerian victims of the terrorist attack at in Amenas. This follows on the statements made by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Cathy Ashton on 17 and 20 January.
During my conversation with Minister Medelci, I have expressed my support for the Algerian authorities and their commitment to fight terrorism and to free the hostages held by the terrorist group.
I have reaffirmed my commitment to deepen cooperation with Algeria on issues of common concern, notably the security in the Sahel/Sahara region.