Following last week’s visit to Mali by Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, are Algiers once again trying to take a dominant position in the Malian crisis?
as reported from Bamako,Serge Daniel
The presence of foreign forces from Minusma and de Barkhane had changed the situation somewhat, but Mali’s great neighbor is clearly planning to lay the groundwork to become decisive again for the Malian file and even in the Sahel.
It is for this purpose that the Algerian Foreign Minister arrived in Bamako with the new Chairman of the Monitoring Committee for peace agreement in Algiers, a position traditionally held by his country. The diplomat Boudjemâa Delmi, who now occupies it, will wear a double hat, and this is a first. He is also Algeria’s special envoy for the Sahel.
“We are your big neighbor” The message is clear: Algae want to return to power in the Malian document. In the sub-region, Algeria in any case wants to influence the course of events more. Since arriving in northern Mali, in particular the UN forces and the creation of the joint G5 Sahel force, Cémoc, a sub-regional military and security structure created by Algiers, has barely functioned.
But Algeria is also closely following the transformation of Operation Barkhane European military operation Takuba, with the departure of French troops from Kidal and Tessalit, two towns located in a northern region bordering Algeria.
During his stay, Ramtane Lamamra met several Malian authorities and attended an international mediation meeting in the Malian crisis before announcing that his country could put its hand in its pocket to speed up the establishment of the army. troops and former rebels.
He did not officially mention the division of diplomatic relations between his country and Morocco. But knowing that Morocco maintains excellent relations with Mali, the current president Assimi Goïta went there when he was number two in the regime, the head of diplomacy may have had another message to give: “We are your great neighbor”.