In Montpellier, France, where African youth participated and the heads of state of African countries were not present. Africa-France Summit Edited.
Emmanuel Macron, the only president to attend the summit, In his speech here, he said that he wanted to close the military bases in Mali as quickly as possible, but that there should be “strong state” and “investment projects”.
“France has no goal of staying in Mali for long.” Using the expression Macron stated that his goal is not to have military bases on African soil forever.
Macron stated that his country is in Africa to fight terrorism, not to support any regime.
Expressing that the French army is in Mali at the request of the Mali government, Macron said that they have reduced their support for African governments in terms of investment, and that they want to carry out projects with civil society from now on.
On the other hand, the dialogue between Macron and an African youth at the summit drew attention.
African youth said, “What happened in the Sahel is a result of what was done in Libya. In the intervention in Libya, (France) forgot the existence of the African Union. We are in Mali to help Mali, if we had not come to the Sahel region, there would be no government in Mali right now ‘ you like to say it. But I want to say that without Africans there would be no France today. Stop saying you came to help us. Terrorism does not just threaten Mali, it threatens you. Stop making us feel guilty by making us victims.” said.
Macron said, “I am trying to build a dialogue based on mutual respect. We did not come to Mali in 2013 for our own interests. This is a fact. I have said what you said about Libya several times as the president. I agree with what you say. We did not respect the sovereignty of the people on Libya. an error.” he said.
Speaking again, the African youth stated that France was in the Sahel region to make up for its mistake in Libya, and said:
“You are making other mistakes while trying to make up for this mistake. Mr. President, I would like to remind you that foreign military interventions never solve problems. What is Libya today, what is Afghanistan situation. So military intervention will not solve problems. I do not want my country to become like Libya. Take responsibility and say ‘to help. Stop saying ‘we are here’. No you are not here to help us. We are together. We have a common enemy. We are fighting together. The statements made between you and the Malian authorities in recent days are embarrassing. We need cooperation and partnership, not help.”
Macron also said, “I agree with what you say. You can’t blame me for the unacceptable statements of illegitimate people. They made unacceptable statements.” he replied.
Expressing that the African authorities do not fully fulfill their responsibilities in the fight against terrorism, Macron stated that military interventions will not replace the work of a state.
Macron stated that he did not send the French army to a region against or in place of the sovereign state.
Wagner polemic between France and Mali
Mali Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga accused France, which decided to withdraw from Mali, of acting unilaterally after the allegations that the Russian security company Wagner would be stationed in the country.
Laurent Michon, the commander of France’s Operation Barkhane in the Sahel, also stated that he had been in talks with the Bamako administration for about 2 years about the decision to withdraw from the three bases in the north of Mali.
Macron, on the other hand, stated that he was shocked by Maiga’s words and said, “These embarrassing statements from a country that has suffered two coups in a row and that does not even have a government are unacceptable… We are in Mali at the request of the Mali state. Without France, Mali would have fallen into the hands of terrorists.” had used the words.
Upon this statement, M. Joel Meyer, the French Ambassador to Bamako, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mali on 6 October.
The claim that Wagner will be stationed in Mali
It was alleged that the military-dominated transitional government established after the coup in Mali and the Russian Wagner group were about to sign the agreement, which envisaged the training of the Malian army and the protection of senior officials.
It was claimed that about 1000 mercenaries could go to Mali and in return would be paid 10.8 million dollars per month.
Malian officials, on the other hand, did not deny the allegations and said that they were open to any kind of cooperation on security.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also confirmed that Malian officials had met with Wagner, emphasizing that Mali has the right to invite “Russian private companies” to the country.
In the Russian media, it was claimed that a group of Russian mercenaries had been in Mali since 1 October.
Wagner may be in 9 countries of Africa
Wagner mercenaries train local armies, protect key figures, fight insurgent or terrorist groups, and secure gold, diamond and uranium mines in hotspots.
Russian mercenaries are believed to have operated in Libya, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Mozambique, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Zimbabwe and Angola.
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