The State Department made a resounding tribute to the late Redha Malek on Tuesday in Washington, welcoming his role in the unwinding the US hostage crisis in Iran.
“We are saddened to learn of the death of the former Algerian Prime Minister, Redha Malek. He was a long-time partner of the United States,” State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said shortly before Press briefing that he hosted with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
“Many of you will recall the important role he played in the negotiations leading to the release of 52 hostages from the US embassy in Iran in 1981.”
Mr Nauert spoke of a meeting during a luncheon between the late Redha Malek and the American ambassador in Algiers last May, during which the former head of government revisited Algerian-American relations and prospects for a long time.
He has spoken at length about the strength of the relations between Algeria and the United States.
“We agree (on this assessment) and we express our condolences to his family, his relatives and the Algerian people,” he said.