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Mali: French ambassador summoned


AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga
The Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, summoned the French ambassador to Mali on Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement.
This Tuesday, October 5, His Excellency Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation summoned the French Ambassador to Mali, following the unfriendly and derogatory remarks made by Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic French, on the institutions of the Republic of Mali, ” the statement said.
The document explains that the minister indicated to the French diplomat the indignation and disapproval of the government of Mali and raised a strong protest against these “regrettable remarks, which are likely to harm the development of friendly relations between nations”.

” Also, the minister invited the French authorities to restraint, avoiding value judgments and called for a constructive approach based on mutual respect, in order to focus on the essential, in particular the fight against terrorism in the Sahel “, we add.

As a reminder, the French President indicated on Tuesday that “the French army does not have to replace the non-work (…) of the Malian state”. He further underlined “that we cannot ask our soldiers to replace what is the work of your state”. “We are not the people in their place”, he added, pleading that “you cannot build the history of a people by acting from the outside and by substituting for its sovereignty”.
The Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop, also reiterated the government’s readiness to build sincere and concerted relations with partners who so wish, respecting the principle of non-interference in accordance with the legitimate aspirations of the Malian people.

In addition, General Laurent Michon Commander-in-Chief of Operation Barkhane was received by the Malian Minister of Defense, Colonel Sadio Camara. It was above all a question of the reorganization of the French military system on the ground.
General Michon indicated that in the event of jihadist attacks in one of the three localities in northern Mali that the French troops are preparing to leave, “we have the possibility, which is unchanged in volume and time, to ‘send air support’.

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