CLOSE GUARD – His appointment, on June 14, 2021, had raised a lot of hope in international chancelleries. WhileLike Goita began to lock everything around him, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop, had left to think that he would be the man who would allow Bamako to normalize its relations with its neighbours.
But as soon as he took office, and against all odds, the one who usually prefers to cut corners was firm, letting it be known that he accepted the post to respond to the mission that the junta had entrusted to him. “Diplomacy can only sell what is being done in the country,” he declared on June 16, at the end of the first extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers. We very humbly intend to join this team. governmental, adopt its objectives and reassure the international community. »
A little over a year later, we can say that Diop has fulfilled his specifications – with one exception. It has not really been able to allay the fears of external partners. By order of the government, it was he who summoned the representative of ECOWAS, Hamidou Boly, in October 2021, to summon him to leave the country. He will do it again a few months later, in January 2022, with the French ambassador, Joel Meyer, his too forced out.
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