After Niger, the French Minister of Defense has completed his minitour through the Sahel through Mali. She met her Malian counterpart from the defense, Colonel Sadio Camara. Among the topics, the political transition, France’s future role in the fight against terrorism and the Wagner affair, named after the Russian private military company that is in contact with Mali for a possible security agreement.
as reported from Bamako, Serge Daniel
The French Minister of Defense met his Malian counterpart to convey a political message: “Where there is a will, there is a way and we must ensure that there is a will here in Mali, support ECOWAS to lead this process of political transition, this return to democracy, good governance and justice to a successful end, says Florence Parly.
It is clear that Paris is concerned about the political transition that is taking place in the country with several issues, in particular about respect for deadlines or for including the Malian government’s approach. But by making the trip to Bamako, the French minister had a different message: France will remain with Mali in the fight against terrorism.
“The relationship between our units and our staff is excellent. What it’s about is intensifying our cooperation to fight in partnership thanks to to Takouba force, and I would like to greet the commitment and courage of the Malian armed forces, says the Minister.
“There is no act done with Wagner” From an official Malian source confirmed during the meeting between the two partiesWagner filewas one of the topics discussed. Has Mali signed a contract with the Russian private military company that employs mercenaries? “No action is being taken with Wagner, nothing is being done,” according to our information, replied the Malian Minister of Defense, who at the moment left his tiredness aside for a civilian suit.
According to one of his relatives, however, he explained to his host that the announcement of the departure of French troops from northern Mali led the Malian government to “consider everything to secure the country.” “France does not abandon Mali On the contrary, there is a strong international mobilization” Florence Parly would then have responded according to two witnesses interviewed by RFI.
In the meeting room, the Minister of Defense, Colonel Sadio Camara, sighs and says: “Understood! “. Then, as if to continue the discussion without witnesses, the two ministers locked themselves in for a tête-à-tête. Nothing was filtered out, but the witnesses noted at the end that the climate was more peaceful.
• At the UN, the head of French diplomacy reiterates Paris’ position on the Wagner affair
Arriving on US soil at the UN General Assembly this week in New York, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian held a press conference on Monday night. Among the topics covered, several African files. Regarding the Sahel and the recent Wagner deal. Jean-Yves Le Drian reiterated the position already expressed: no possible coexistence between a French engagement in Mali and mercenaries.
We know that there are discussions between the authorities in Bamako and this private militia, this company of mercenaries that we already know well, because they manifested themselves, both in Syria, Libya, Donbass, in the Central African Republic, just to name the most spectacular example. And every time with the same methods. They are mercenaries. They pay for themselves through predation. They multiply the abuses, they act in corruption, they destabilize the territory where they are. They even penetrate the sensitive and central tools of the states. And so we informed the Bamako authorities that such a partnership would be incompatible with the international action specifically taken by the Europeans. It is the Bamako authorities who make their decision and for us it would be incompatible.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Foreign Minister