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The Malian transitional government has expressed its “strong protest” following remarks made by Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum, calling for the military to be prevented from taking power.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, HE Mr. Abdoulaye Diop, received this Friday, July 9, 2021, the Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to Mali, HE Mr. Mamoudou Moumouni, following the remarks made today in Paris by the President of the Republic of Niger, His Excellency Mr. Mohamad Bazoum, “said a statement from the Malian government consulted by the Anadolu agency.
According to the same source, the Nigerien president indicated: “we must not allow the military to take power because they have setbacks on the front where they should be” and noted that “if colonels become ministers and heads of state. Who is going to wage war in their stead? It would be easy if every time an army, in our countries, has failures on the ground, it comes to take power “.
“This is what happened twice in Mali: in 2012, the soldiers had failed, they came to carry out a coup. This year again in 2020, they did the same thing. not acceptable things, “said the Nigerien president.
The head of the Malian diplomacy “first of all expressed the astonishment of the Malian government at such remarks and, consequently, raised, on behalf of the government of the Republic of Mali, a strong protest near the government of the Republic of Niger, “the statement said. T
Whilst recalling that Niger and Mali have always developed “solid relations of friendship and fraternity which only call to be strengthened”, the Malian government indicated that the declaration of President Mohamed Bazoum “unfortunately goes to the ‘against this spirit’.
No reaction was recorded from the Nigerien authorities to the Malian government press release on Saturday at 2 p.m. GMT.
On Friday, Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum participated in a summit on the security situation in the G5 Sahel countries in the French capital Paris, alongside his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
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