This is a tweet that did not fail to surprise. Published on October 21 by Victoria Nuland, the American Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, it shows her all smiles, checking in with the Malian Prime Minister, Abdoulaye Maïga. An astonishing relaxation as relations between their two countries are tense to say the least. But symbolic of the attempted diplomatic offensive launched by Washington in the Sahel, while Russia continues to increase its influence in the region.
Met 🇲🇱 Interim Prime Minister Maiga and Ministers Camara and Wagué to reiterate U.S. support for Mali on its road back to democracy, the Algiers Peace Agreement and @UN_MINUSMA‘s freedom of movement. pic.twitter.com/UJEZPVqP7r
— Under Secretary Victoria Nuland (@UnderSecStateP) October 21, 2022
Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania: Victoria Nuland made a four-day trip to West Africa to try to strengthen ties with the authorities of these countries, in a region that has been rocked by coups over the past two years.
“We discussed in particular the American strategy in the Sahel”, declared the Under-Secretary of State, who a said he wanted to “bring more coherence to the efforts [américains] in order to improve security and governance in countries which have experienced putschs” and to support them in their return to a democratic regime.
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“We wanted to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to help the people of the Sahel and build their confidence in the ability of their governments to meet the challenges they face, be it security, food and development, education, etc. she said.