A Chadian delegation was in Bamako on Friday, May 20. with one goal: to ease tensions, following Mali’s decision to withdraw from the G5 Sahel’s political-military alliance. Government spokesman Abderaman Koulamallah met with Mali’s interim president, Colonel Assimi Goïta.
The beginning of the week, Mali has announced its withdrawal from the G5 Sahel political-military alliance. Bamako was to take the rotating presidency from February, but the national political context led to the G5 countries not allowing it. In question: the settlement with ECOWAS for the organization of future elections in Mali.
Chad has retained the presidency of the G5 but is in no way seeking conflict with Mali, the angry party in the G5 Sahel, to defend its despised sovereignty. Chad’s Minister Abderaman Koulamallah, a spokesman for the government, came to tell the Malian transitional president, Colonel Assimi Goitathat Chad is not the place to be angry:
“Chad values its bilateral relations with Mali enormously and wanted to reiterate that it was in no way responsible for the problems that led to Mali’s departure from the G5 Sahel. Chad has no problems with Mali.”
Nigerian President Mohamed Bazoum recently announced the withdrawal from Mali acted “death” for the G5 Sahel. Chad’s minister Abderaman Koulamallah does not share this view: “The G5-Sahel was designed during Mali’s presidency. This puts you in some trouble. We are still optimistic that everything will return to normal. The G5-Sahel is always present.”
Chad therefore calls on Mali to reconsider its position. Ndjamena ensures that he consults with other member states to respond to Malian concerns. In short: to allow Bamako to finally secure the rotating presidency of the G5.
Finally, to those who wondered, after the Malian departure from the G5 Sahel, about a possible withdrawal of Chadian soldiers present in Mali within the Minusma battalions, Minister Koulamallah assures: it is not a question.