After Algeria's energy minister said that he would block a $8.8bn deal which would see Total acquire Anadarko's assets in Algeria, Reuters reported that talks would be held between Total and Algeria.
Total Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said at the company's annual meeting that he would "meet Algerian authorities very soon." Despite reports that the deal would be blocked, he continue to say, "we are not worried. It is normal that authorities seek to have dialogue with their principal partners and Total is one of the partners of Algeria."
Reuters also reported that Algeria's energy minister responded to questions about his comments by saying that he was looking for a "good compromise."
The deal would see Total purchase Anadarko's Algeria, Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa assets from Occidental if the latter takes over Anadarko.