He spent a few hours in Bamako before flying off to N’Djamena this afternoon: Macky Sall, president of Senegal and chairman of the African Union, met in particular with the Malian transitional president, Colonel Assimi Goita. One-on-one, extended working meeting, lunch… and on the menu for discussions: the transition and fate of the Ivorian soldiers detained in Bamako for more than a month.
The Malian transitional president communicated in a very lapidary way at the end of Macky Sall’s visit. In a tweet, Colonel Assimi Goïta evokes discussions that focused on “the smooth execution of the transition and the support of the African Union” and on the strengthening of cooperation between Mali and Senegal.
This morning I received my Senegalese colleague SEM @MackySall on a working and friendship visit in Bamako. Discussions on issues relating to a smooth transition and support from the African Union. We agreed to strengthen cooperation between 🇲🇱🤝 🇸🇳 pic.twitter.com/PSYR1aGt2e
— Colonel Assimi GOITA (@GoitaAssimi) August 15, 2022 Last year, 11 agreements were concluded in very different areas – transport, trade, health… -: From Malian diplomatic sources, the two heads of state were to do some of the follow-up.
Above all, Macky Sall and Assimi Goita spoke about the fate of the 49 Ivorian soldiers arrested in Bamako and charged officially on Friday, August 12 for especially “conspiracy against the government” and “undermining the security of the state.”
The Malian authorities accuse them of being “mercenaries”, Abidjan assures that they are regular army soldiers who came to support the UN mission in the country, Minusma. What the UN confirmed before retracting, apparently due to administrative errors.
Several attempts at mediation – notably Togo’s – are underway. So far they have not succeeded in finding a way out. The President of the African Union will therefore, in turn, try to find ways to resolve the crisis negotiated amicably between Mali and Côte d’Ivoire.
Several attempts at mediation – that from Togo especially – are underway, they have so far not made it possible to find a solution.
“I noted Mali’s availability for dialogue, Macky Sall declared as he left the palace in Koulouba, we will continue with Côte d’Ivoire. “Macky Sall described his exchanges with the Malian transitional president as “honest” without going into the details of the requests and the blocking points.