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Newsline: Algeria reopens consulate in Libya after eight-year absence

Algeria’s government has opened a new consulate in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, ending an eight-year absence due to the latter country’s civil war. Algeria’s ambassador to Tripoli, Slimane Chenine, was present for the event, the country’s state-run press service reported. Chenine also met with the UN’s top envoy on Libya, Stephanie Williams, to discuss Libya’s path forward. “We stressed the important role of Libya’s neighbors to support the three intra-Libyan dialogue tracks,” Williams tweeted after the meeting. (https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/01/algeria-reopens-consulate-libya-after-eight-year-absence) Libya fell into civil war in 2011 amid a NATO-backed popular uprising that overthrew longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. A UN-backed cease-fire largely halted hostilities in October 2020, but significant hurdles to the country’s reunification still remain.

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