Bamako wants Algeria to continue leading role in Mali

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ALGIERS- Mali welcomes President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s interest in the relationship between Algiers and Bamako, the Malian minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, said Sunday evening, expressing his country’s wish that Algeria would continue to play a leading role in Mali.

“I am delighted with the interest and importance that President Tebboune attaches to the relationship between Mali and Algeria, which should always be a factor for peace and stability in the region,” said Mr. Diop after his talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra.

“We have also recently been particularly pleased with the strong statements made by President Tebboune, who reaffirmed Algeria’s attachment to the unity and territorial integrity of Mali and its keenness that Malian parties ‘would move forward faster and more thoroughly with regard to the application of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation resulting from the Algiers process’ he underlined.

In addition to the Algiers Agreement, the Malian minister noted having exchanged with his Algerian counterpart “on the need to work more on reactivating frameworks and mechanisms for consultation and dialogue”.

According to Mr. Diop, Algeria and Mali have convergence of views and share the same concerns, stressing that President Tebboune and the Malian transitional President Assimi Goïta “are aware of the strong, centuries-old, geographical, historical and even cultural link which unites the two countries.

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