On Sunday, the Algerian Ambassador to Libya, Slimane Chenine reopened the Consulate General in Tripoli, in the presence of Consul Aissa Romani, and representatives of the national community in Libya, according to the Algeria Press Service (APS).
“This important step falls within the framework of embodying the commitment of the Algerian authorities to optimally sponsor the national community residing abroad, the strengthening of bilateral relations, and the consolidation of communications between the Algerian and Libyan peoples.” the APS explained.
“Members of the Algerian community commended this step, expressing their appreciation and approbation for this decision,” the APS added.
In November, the Libyan authorities agreed to accredit Chenine as Algeria’s extraordinary Ambassador.
In 2014, Algeria closed its Embassy in Libya due to threats against its diplomatic staff, and the unstable conditions in the country. The diplomatic mission was moved to neighbouring Tunisia.
Notably, the Algerian news agency quoted Taoufik Hakkar, the General Manager of the Sonatrach oil company as saying that they are preparing to resume their suspended oil projects in Libya.
Hakkar added that the company is working with its partners in Libya to ensure the security and safety of workers and equipment.
He stated that visits will be organized before the end of February, to negotiate the company’s return to Libya. As well as adding that the company will invest about $40 billion dollars from 2022 to 2026.
During his participation in the Algerian-Libyan Economic Forum in May 2021, Hakkar claimed that Sonatrach is “fully prepared to develop distinguished relations with our Libyan partner to lay the foundations of a win-win economic partnership for both sides, and to develop the oil and gas industries in the two countries.”