Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev has met Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and heads of local secret services in Algiers, Russian government newspaper Rossiskaya Gazeta reported on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO – Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev attends the annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow, Russia, April 26, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Patrushev, former director of the Russian Federal Security Service, discussed security in northern Africa and “bilateral cooperation in information security sphere” with Bouteflika, it said.

It was unclear when Patrushev’s two-day visit took place.