Public Management

Mali summons French ambassador, calls on Paris to “restrain and avoid value judgments”

Wednesday, 06 October 2021 18:26
Mali summons French ambassador, calls on Paris to “restrain and avoid value judgments”

(Ecofin Agency) - Since the announcement of the end of the Barkhane operation, the relations between France and Mali have started to deteriorate. French President Emmanuel Macron's recent comments on the issue have sparked reactions from Bamako.

Malian authorities have summoned the French ambassador to Mali, Joel Meyer. An official statement issued yesterday, October 5, revealed that the Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop (pictured) “summoned the French ambassador to Mali following the unfriendly and derogatory remarks made by Emmanuel Macron about the institutions of the Republic of Mali.”

According to the statement, “the minister has informed the French envoy of the indignation and disapproval of the government of Mali and has expressed a strong protest against these regrettable remarks which are likely to harm the development of friendly relations between the nations.”

The announcement implies a new escalation in existing tensions between France and its former colony. Since the military junta led by Colonel Assimi Goïta took power, the two countries have had misunderstandings, particularly about the political transition in Mali. However, what seems to be the breaking point was when France announced the end of Operation Barkhane, which involved the deployment of more than 5,000 French soldiers in the Sahel, particularly in Mali. Bamako labeled the decision an "abandonment", after which Emanuel Macron said it was a "disgrace" on the part of "what is not even a government."

In a recent interview with France Inter radio, the French president called for the return of the state to Mali. He said the state must reestablish its justice, its education, its police, everywhere in particular in Mali, but also Burkina Faso. With rumors of a deal between Bamako and the Russian group Wagner, Macron stressed that "there would be no government in Mali without France’s presence in the Sahel.”

Finally, the Malian Foreign Minister “called on the French authorities to show restraint by avoiding value judgments". He "reiterated the government's availability to build sincere and concerted relations with those partners who wish to do so, respecting the principle of non-interference."

This break could be an opportunity for Russia to increase its presence in Africa. The country has in recent months accelerated its rapprochement with Bamako. On September 30, amid escalating Franco-Malian tensions, Vladimir Putin's country delivered four helicopters as well as arms and ammunition to the Malian authorities. Russia used the same strategy to get closer to the Central African Republic.

Moutiou Adjibi Nourou       

Additional Info

  • communiques: Non
  • couleur: N/A
 
Finance


 
Telecom


Ecofin Agency covers the news from 9 business sectors in Africa: Public management, Finance, ICT, Agribusiness, Electricity, Mining, Oil and Gas, Comms and Laws. Ecofin Agency is also creating and management specialized medias, in paper and on the web/social networks, for institutions or African publishers.

AGENCE ECOFIN

Mediamania Sarl
Rue du Léman, 6
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11

REDACTION
redaction@agenceecofin.com

Public management
Aaron AKINOCHO
Borgia KOBRI
Moutiou ADJIBI

Finance
Idriss LINGE
Walid KEFI
Chamberline MOKO

Agribusiness
Espoir OLODO

Electricity
Gwladys JOHNSON

Oil and Gas
Olivier DE SOUZA

Mining
Louis-Nino KANSOUN

ITC 
Muriel EDJO

Comms
Servan AHOUGNON

Cameroon
Brice R. MBODIAM
Sylvain ANDZONGO
Monique MAY
Julienne Rose SENDE

Togo
Fiacre E. KAKPO
Waliyullah TAJUDEEN
Séna AKODA

Niger
Sandrine GAINGNE

Gabon
Stephane BILLE
Pierre-Celestin ATANGANA

Desk
Stéphane ALIDJINOU
Souha TOURE
Vahid CODJIA
Diane ZODEHOUGAN
Hikmatu BILALI

Translation
Schadrac AKINOCHO
Mouka MEZONLIN
Firmine AÏZAN



Digital
Omar SOKHNA
Mamadou DIOP
Bacary MANE
Abdel Razak MOULIOM

Digital Marketing
Jérémie FLAUX
Geraud ACHI
Jean Christian BERNARD
Franck FOUTE

Web publishing
Bakoly RAHARISOA
Rina RAMANANDRAISOA
Hasina RAJEMISON

Development
Dominique FLAUX

 


 
REGIE COMMERCIALE
AGENCE ECOFIN
Rue du Léman, 6
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11
Fax: +41 22 301 96 10

Benjamin FLAUX
bf@agenceecofin.com 
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11 
Mob: +41 78 699 13 72

Voir page 
Nos services
 

 










 



Ecofin Agency is a news agency for economic and sectorial information. It was created in 2010 and it website was launched in June 2011.

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.