For this first official trip to Mali, Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba made a round trip of a few hours on the banks of the Niger River. Welcomed personally par Like Goita at Modibo Keïta airport, he was accompanied by a small delegation, in the front row of which were two lieutenant-colonels, Yves-Didier Bamouni, Commander of National Theater Operations (COTN), and Mahamadi Bonkoungou, head of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR).
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The two officers who became presidents then headed towards the Koulouba Palace, where they had a working session with their teams, before a head-to-head. On the menu of their discussions: the strengthening of military cooperation between their two countries which share nearly 1,200 kilometers of border, which the jihadist groups play on a daily basis.