The OIC in turn mobilized to get Mali out of the crisis

Mali, and it is now the turn of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to mobilize to try to find a way out of the crisis. He is now in Togo, having been received three days ago by Malian President Assimi Goïta.

“We do not pretend to play mediators, explains a member of the OIC delegation directly, we do opinion formation.” It is not a question of seeming to want to double the efforts of Nigerian Goodluck Jonathan, nor to insult the leaders of the State of ECOWAS: it was also, at the end of April, of Ghana, leading ECOWAS, then of Nigeria, that the OIC’s special envoy began his tour.

Nassirou Bako-Arifari then traveled to Niger, Benin, which holds the presidency of Uemoa. Three days ago, he was in Mali, where he met with the interim president, Colonel Assimi Goïta and Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop.

“Prospects for compromise” The OIC’s special envoy is currently in Togo, which offered its services a week ago to support Bamako in its negotiations with ECOWAS. A long tour that will end in Senegal, which presides over the African Union, and Côte d’Ivoire. »

The Malian transitional authorities, which have been in power since August 2020, want to stay for another two years. ECOWAS requires elections within sixteen months. “There are still major players to listen to,” explains this member of the OIC delegation, who does not yet want to reveal the details of the discussions, but there are prospects for compromises. “

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