ALGIERS- No British company has pulled out of Algeria after the terrorist attack against the gas site of Tiguentourine in southern In Amenas, British Secretary of State for North Africa and the Middle East, Hugh Robertson, declared Thursday in Algiers.
"The United Kingdom has never taken the decision to withdraw its companies from Algeria, in the contrary, they are more and more interested in investing" in this country, Robertson stressed in a statement to the press.
Indeed, a conference "exclusively focused on investment in Algeria" will take place in the British capital, London, in next autumn, he announced.
It will be an opportunity for the British companies to better assess the Algerian market and the investment possibilities in Algeria, the Secretary said on the sidelines of a meeting with English professors recently trained for the newly established Centre of English Learning, British Council.
He has also noted that his country "fully trusts" the Algerian government and institutions, in terms of security of the British companies, stressing that the two parties work in "close collaboration" about this matter.
British Petroleum (BP) repatriated its employees in Tiguentourine gas complex after the terrorist attack on 16 January 2013.
The gas site was operated by BP in partnership with Sonatrach and Statoil
But the British group which conditioned the return of its staff to Algeria by the improvement of security has never left Algeria despite announcements by CEO Robert Dudly, delaying some of its investments in In Salah and Amenas, planned for 2014.
Following this attack, Algeria has reinforced security in all its oil and gas sites that resulted in a gradual return of expatriate staff of these foreign companies.
Asked to give more details on security cooperation between Algiers and London, Robertson said that a "process", including regular meetings and consultation is underway.
"The UK, which has already experienced a period of fight against terrorism, support and always support Algeria in its fight against terrorism," said the British minister.