Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop indicated on October 25 that Bamako set as a condition for the restoration of relations with France the respect of its “sovereignty” and its “strategic choices”.
“Mali wanted our sovereignty to be respected, that our strategic choices and our choice of partners be respected, and that the vital interests of Malians be taken into account,” he told the 8e Dakar International Forum, conference on security and peace in Africa, to explain the brutal degradation of relations between the two countries which led on August 15 to the departure of the last troops of Operation Barkhane.
Mali: the last faithful of Abdoulaye Diop, chief diplomat of Assimi Goïta
“If these elements are observed, Mali has no problem dealing with any partner, including France,” he assured journalists after a public intervention at the Forum. “What’s important is really that our partners come in the spirit of working with us for solutions, not coming to dictate solutions to us,” he said. Acknowledging that “we must not anathematize people”, he acknowledged that the putschist regime has ” [sa] own share of responsibility”: “We have failed with regard to the integration of the continent, we have failed with regard to the strengthening of cooperation between us, we have failed with regard to our responsibility to ensure our own security and I believe that we we cannot pass this on to others. »
Special session of the Security Council
Asked about his accusations against France in a letter sent in August to the UN Security Council, denouncing in particular “repetitive and frequent violations” of Malian airspace by French forces. He wrote that the Malian authorities had “several pieces of evidence that these flagrant violations of Malian airspace were used by France to collect intelligence for the benefit of terrorist groups operating in the Sahel and to drop weapons and weapons on them. ammunition”, accusations categorically denied by France.
Mali-France: what the Assimi Goïta regime accuses Paris of
In his speech before the Dakar Forum, Abdoulaye Diop affirmed that his country was waiting for the special session it is requesting to produce proof of the accusations against Paris. “Mali is not a child, we are members of the United Nations, we know the rules. We have requested a special session to be able to discuss this issue,” he said. “Those opposite, what are they afraid of? If we don’t have proof, let’s call the session”, launched the head of the diplomacy Malian.