Algeria reopens consulate in Libya after eight-year closure

Algeria reopens consulate in Libyan capital after eight-year closure
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12 January, 2022
Algeria has reopened its consulate-general in Tripoli after closing it in May 2014 when conflict broke out in Libya.
The consulate was reopened to strengthen communication between the two North African countries, state media said [Getty]

Algeria reopened its consulate general in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli on Sunday after eight years of closure, according to state media.

The consulate was reopened to strengthen communication between the North African neighbours, the Algeria Press Service reported.

Algerian Ambassador to Libya Slimane Chenine and Consul General Aissa Romani supervised the reopening of the consulate in the presence of representatives of the Algerian community residing in Libya, the news agency said.

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Algeria quickly evacuated diplomatic staff from Libya in May 2014, the month renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar launched a large-scale military offensive in the country.

Many Algerians, who number more than 3,000 in Libya, found themselves stranded when their passports expired. Some had to relocate to Gafsa, Tunisia, for administrative reasons.

Ambassador Chenine returned to the Libyan capital late last year, where he began carrying out duties by holding meetings with the Presidential Council and the UN envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams.