Algiers - Algerian authorities and the organisers of the Dakar Rally are discussing the possible return of the famous race to Algeria.
Algerian Federation of Motorsports president Chihab Bahloul was quoted on Sunday as saying: "The Algerian Ministry of Sports met with the rally organisers, and agreed for the return of the legendary motor racing to include Algeria track."
"Such a step would promote the Algeria as a destination," he added, "and contribute to the development on motorsport in the country."
However, Bahloul specified that the talks depended on whether Algerian authorities would respond favourably to the organiser's requests regarding the logistics and financing of the rally, saying: "The organisers' request is not within our reach, especially in terms of providing funding and logistics for the organisation of the rally."
Nevertheless, Algeria is still open to partially participating in financing the rally, according to Bahloul.